A newly unearthed inscription might date the eruption of Mount Vesuvius to late October! https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristi...-rewrite-history-in-a-major-way/#3864dd435484 This new evidence aligns with much of the circumstantial evidence that has already been discovered which is incompatible with a late August event. Curiously, Mark Twain in his Innocents Abroad dated the eruption to 9 November. Where Twain got that date is a mystery. Now, it is much more probable that Titus' COS VII denarii recording his 15th imperial acclamation struck after September 79 are closer to the date of the eruption. We can date this issue by a military diploma the BM possess which shows Titus was still IMP XIIII on 8 Sept. Titus became COS VIII on 1 January 80. Titus AR Denarius, 3.17g Rome mint, 79 AD RIC 53 (R). BMC 25. RSC 286. Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r. Rev: TR P VIIII IMP XV COS VII P P; Venus stg. r. leaning on column, with helmet and spear Ex Harry N. Sneh Collection.