It's August AD 78 and Claudia is at the Forum in Pompeii. It's a day of strange encounters and even odder portents. When the ground shakes Claudia is convinced it is a bad omen. What does it all mean? And why is she so disturbed by Vesuvius, the great volcano that looms over the city.
This is Claudia's diary of life for a teenage girl living in the Roman Empire in 78AD. She hates how her mother makes her wear makeup, and she wishes her friend Amelia would stop trying to be grown up. But when she meats a young British slave boy, her life is turned up side down.
“When the sun rises ... Mother smiles at me and suddenly I remember something she told me, early one morning outside the temple of Isis. "No matter how dark the night the sun always rises." I will not forget these words. Not ever. The ground is beginning to shake again, and the wick on my lamp is sputtering but I am not afraid any more. I will hold those words close to me. And now I will put down my pen, roll up the papyrus, and say them aloud, so that everyone will hear them and take comfort. "No matter how dark the night, the sun always rises."”Claudia
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