I give a sign of life, after prolonged. I thought it important to break my silence, if only for a moment, on the occasion of the above discovery.
(If in the meantime, another has discovered and shared this here, my apologies)
The above image is a hand painted book illustration taken from the Augsburg Book of Miracles, rediscovered in recent years (2007).
For your convenience I have added a translation of the hand written German language description accompanying the painting.
And I do hope that your jaws will drop just like mine did when I stumbled across this this very evening:
VESUVIUS erupted in 1483. It destroyed many cities and villages (think Pompeii and Herculaneum). The resulting pyroclasm killed an overly curious Pliny the Elder.
This stunning piece of evidence should go a long way to strengthen the case many here and elsewhere are making regarding the much later destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum as propounded by currently accepted Scaligerian chronology. For me personally, I see my impressions and suspicions confirmed after I had bought Pliny's Natural History a year or two ago and skimming it, found it far too modern sounding. For instance as Pliny himself discusses his works as books written for and to be distributed among the common man, for his education and edification. Books for the common man are not possible prior to the invention of the printing press, which we are told occurred around 1439. Fits the death of Pliny in a 1483 eruption of Mount Vesuvius.
In closing, I refer you to this here article about the "miraculous re-discovery" of the manuscript: A miraculous Renaissance rediscovery
I find it quite relevant that the Augsburg Book of Miracles had remained hidden in private collections until it was accidentally "discovered" during an auction in 2007.
Thus sequestered think it may have gone under the radar and escaped destruction during the (ongoing) purging and re-writing of history over the past +/- 500 years.
Well friends of truth, I am quite thrilled to have stumbled over this sensational piece of evidence for many theories entertained by people like us here, and hope you will equally be able to appreciate it. What I see in front of me now - if time permits - is a thorough study of Pliny's Natural History and a lot of research into the consequences of assuming (for theorizing's sake) Pliny the Elder's death to 1482 A.D.! Feel free to draw your own conclusions from this, as need neither ask or allow you (haha!), while I slide back into the shadow of my silent studies.
I'll be back. Farewell for now!
EDIT: I forgot to mention: The illustrations in the Book of Miracles are painted in rather naive folk art style that has been common in German lands up until the 19th century (and beyond, though it's become rare!) especially in devotional or religious artwork of the rural people or "peasantry". Things like these reflect the common conceptions, knowledge and oral traditions of the ordinary folk, and I deem that far more trustworthy and authentic than anything coming from academia and "learned men" even or especially back then. I think this circumstance bolsters the case of this being a piece of "HIDDEN HISTORY" that has miraculously escaped the efforts of the purgers, re-writers and censors of the truth.