February 6, AD 60 becomes the earliest date for which the day of the week is known. Graffiti in Pompeii identifies this day as a “dies Solis,” Sunday. The modern calendar would have marked this day as a Wednesday. It is thanks to Pompeii’s tragedy does modern archeology know most of what is does about everyday Roman life during the time of Vesuvius explosion. It is a city frozen in time and because of that we see glimpses of the relatable mundane occupations of its inhabitants, right down to the writing of a date.

Book Title: The Fires of Vesuvius: Pompeii Lost and Found

Book Author: Mary Beard

ISBN Number: 0674029763

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