The Eruption in Context
eruption of Vesuvius occurred against a backdrop of continuing events throughout the Roman world. The timeline below details some of the more significant events and allows you to place the eruption in its proper context.
You may view the events in any one of four ways: Timeline, Flipbook, List and Map. By default the view is Timeline, but you may change the view by selecting the appropriate button at the top left of the graphic. The slider bar on the left allows you to change the timescale to compress or expand your view.
Timeline: 767 - 834 a.u.c. (14AD - 81AD)
Note: The dates of the events in the above timeline are set with reference to the traditional date (753BC) of the founding of the city of Rome (ab urbe condita - abbreviated to a.u.c.).