Eruption of Mount Vesuvius
Just as some people today believe a Maya calendar pinpoints 2012 as the end of the world as we know it, some ancient Romans saw the A.D. 79 eruption of Mount Vesuvius (pictured: Pompeiians flee the city in an illustration), as a sign of a coming apocalypse. That's because Roman philosopher Seneca, who died in A.D. 65, had predicted the Earth would go up in smoke: "All we see and admire today will burn in the universal fire that ushers in a new, just, happy world," he said, according to the 1999 book Apocalypses. The end never came, but that hasn't stopped people - over centuries and across cultures - from forecasting our collective doom.
Quote of the Day
~ Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955) ~Artwork by Peter V. Bianchi