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Was there any reason to Pliny the Younger had the date wrong? He would have been working from written eyewitness accounts....


Actually, there's even less reason to think he had the date wrong than most other historians of contemporary events-- what he wrote WAS an eyewitness account for the most part. He saw the eruption from his home (across the bay), his uncle Pliny the Elder, went over to bring home a friend and died there. The accounts he wrote of what happened to his uncle (he died, probably from inhaling toxic fumes) were based on the experience of people who had been with him on the trip. Pliny the Younger then had to evacuate his own home with his elderly aunt when the cloud of ash covered it. So he definitely knew what day it was.

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