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Hans Christian Andersen and Mount Vesuvius

An Eruption of Vesuvius, Seen from Portici. c.1774-6 by Joseph Wright


This week our Primary students are reading about Pompeii and the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Our older students will soon be learning about this catastrophic event in history as well. One of our parents sent in this intriguing link that we wanted to share with our readers:

Young Hans Christian Andersen Climbs Mount Vesuvius During an Eruption and Lives to Tell About it in a Beautiful Dramatic Account


The article talks about the book The Diaries of Hans Christian Andersen, and specifically of his entries about his remarkable visit to Mount Vesuvius during an eruption in 1834. We all know and love his fairy tales, and it’s fun to read snippets from his fascinating and frankly crazy-sounding adventure with the volcano. What an interesting historical connection!

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