The original podcast I did focuses on the history of Pompeii, how it developed and what it was when disaster struck. Pompeii wasn’t a city Rome founded or had a great deal to do with until it expanded it’s influence southwards and even then it was a place which held its own identity. As you’d expect I go through the events of the eruption. However, I don’t stop there. At the end I look into how Pompeii was really ‘frozen in time’ (a term you will often read or hear). To what extent is it true and to what extent is it misleading?
The Gardens of Pompeii with Jessica Venner.
This was a guest episode where Jessica talked about how there have been breakthroughs in understanding Pompeii through the preserved gardens there. This is a more recent type of research and Jessica has been involved directly herself. Ever wonder what was grown, how and why? What were gardens used for and how was this similar to today and different. Jessica was brilliant and it was great to chat with her. We also discussed the controversy over lemons, but I’ll leave it at that.
I started to create minisodes (they are great fun to do and allow me to public content more regularly and on niche areas). To help kick things off this one deals with the sequence of events during the eruption. It’s in part drawn from the full episode but there is some new perspectives and content. If you want to know how it most likely went down and need a quick overview then this is for you.
I also have an article on my website about Pompeii and you can find it here.
I’ve used a number of resources including books and studies. You might find them useful so here they are.
Beard, M. Pompeii.
Sigurdsson, Carey, Cornell & Pescatore. The Eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79.
Zanella, Gurioli, Pareschi & Lanza. Influences of urban fabric on pyroclastic density currents at Pompeii.
Scarpati, Perrotta, Martellone & Osanna. Pompeian hiatuses: new strategic data highlight pauses in the course of the AD79 eruption at Pompeii.
Luongo, Perrotta & Scarpati. Impact of the AD79 explosive eruption on Pompeii, I.
Petrone, P. The Herculaneum victims of the 79 AD Vesuvius eruption: a review.
Petrone, Pucci, et al. A hypothesis of sudden body fluid vaporization in the 79 AD victims of Vesuvius.
Mastrolorenzo, Petrone, Pappalardo & Guarino. Lethal thermal impact at periphery of pyroclastic surges: Evidences at Pompeii.
Rolandi, Paone, Di Lascio & Stefani. The 79 AD eruption of Somma.
Cionti, Gurioli, Lanza & Zanella. Temperatures of the AD 79 pyroclastic density current deposits (Vesuvius, Italy).
Giacomelli, Perrotta, Scandone & Scarpati. The eruption of Vesuvius of 79 AD and its impact on human environment in Pompeii.