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Mount Vesuvius Fresco
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A fresco depicting Bacchus wearing a cluster of grapes and pouring wine for a panther to drink.  He is standing next to a conical mountain whose slopes are covered with a vineyard.  From the shape of the mountain, many believe that this depicts Vesuvius before its eruption in A.D. 79.

Vesuvius is now about 3,000 ft. [914 m.] high.  Prior to its eruption in August A.D. 79 it was about 6,000 ft. [1,830 m.] high—as per this fresco.

Naples Museum, Inv. 112286  Casa Centenario, IX 8, 3