Pikes Peak Pebble Pups

Pikes Peak Pebble Pups

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Mt Vesuvius Eruption

Fatal Eruption
by Victoria A.

Pastels and charcoal on paper. This drawing, which took 12 tissues, a box of pastels, a box of charcoal, a pink eraser, a kneadable eraser, a pencil sharpened 1,000 times and five drafts (including the final) to make what I imagine the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius may have looked like. Below it is an excerpt from the letters of Pliny the Younger, which gives us an amazing window into the life of Pompeii on that horrid day, August 24, 74 AD.

From the second letter of Pliny the Younger to Cornileius Tacitus, regarding the details of Pliny’s day after the eruption.
“At best the darkness thinned and dispersed like smoke or a cloud; then there was genuine daylight, and the sun actually shone out, but yellowish as it is during an eclipse. We were terrified to see everything changed, buried deep in ashes like snowdrifts. We returned to Misenium where we attended to our physical needs as best we could, and then spent an anxious night altering from hope to fear. Fear predominated, for the earthquakes, went on, and several hysterical individuals made their own and other peoples calamities seen ludicrous in comparison with their frightful predictions. But even then, in spite of the dangers we had been through and were still expecting, my mother and I still had no intention of leaving until we heard news of my uncle.” [paragraph 6]

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