97 A.D. – The emperor Nerva adopts the future emperor Trajan
312 A.D – Battle of the Milvian Bridge; Constantine I has a vision and defeats Maxentius to become sole emperor (not sure the vision was the same day as the battle?)
… and a decade ago at rogueclassicism, in addition to some nice eye candy from an auction, we were reading about the discovery of Trajan’s bridge across the Danube (which, incidentally, was presented as a ‘new’ find (albeit with sonar) in that documentary a short time ago: Review: Rome’s Lost Empire) …
A nice UPenn lecture on the ‘science’ side of Vesuvius and related volcanoes … here’s the blurb:
The Pompeii Lecture Series, presented in conjunction with the Franklin Institute’s new “A Day in Pompeii” exhibition, kicks off with this talk by Dr. Robert Giegengack, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. Mount Vesuvius is the most active volcano in Europe and the Mediterranean; its explosive eruption in 79 CE produced a cloud of heated dust and gases that killed about 16,000 people in Pompeii, Herculaneum, and the adjacent countryside. In this lecture, Dr. Giegengack discusses the history and science surrounding the eruptions of Vesuvius and other volcanoes in the Calabrian Arc.