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This may not be the best time to be in Pompeii - earth tremors are becoming more regular and a dark cloud is appearing above Vesuvius. The omens look decidedly shaky. It may soon be time to leave.

The Stories

tremores Page 164

Despite Nature's warning-signs, Caecilius remains calm. Will his faith in the household gods be enough?

ad urbem Page 166

Caecilius is desperate to find his wife and son. He rushes into the collapsing city while others are getting out...

ad villam Page 167

Clemens' heroic actions earn him his freedom.

finis Page 168

The eruption of Vesuvius is in full fury. Could this be the end of our Pompeian family?