chapter  3
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Destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum

In the years leading up to the eruption, Pompeii was rocked by earthquakes, one of which, in AD 62, even impressed writers at Rome (C1-2). Two relief panels from Pompeii depict an earthquake, possibly, but not necessarily, that of AD 62 (C3). Otherwise, it is possible to see signs of earthquake damage and of structural repairs all around the site today, but these are the consequence not only of the famous tremor of AD 62 (C4). In one case – the Temple of Isis – an inscription records restoration work after extensive damage in an earthquake (C5). At Herculaneum, Emperor Vespasian himself paid for repair work to the temple of the Great Mother after it had been damaged by earth tremors (C6).