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I’ve encountered the destruction of Pompeii a lot in time travel genre. Some examples which are on top of my head:

  • In the episode Fires of Pompeii (2008) of Doctor Who, destruction of Pompeii was shown.
  • In the S01E02 of Loki (2021), destruction of Pompeii was shown.
  • Legends of Tomorrow has also shown destruction of Pompeii.

Which time travel story first showed the destruction of Pompeii?

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  • I was gonna answer with E. Nesbit's 1906 The Story of the Amulet, but then remembered that that is a time travel story briefly featuring the destruction of Atlantis via volcano...
    – Lexible
    Jun 22, 2021 at 5:50
  • @Lexible Actually, lots of stories have taken inspiration from the destruction of Pompeii. In the beginning of Star Trek Into Darkness, a volcano was going to wipe out a primitive alien civilization, but Enterprise crew saved them by going against their orders.
    – user931
    Jun 22, 2021 at 13:34

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I have no idea if this is the first, but it's the earliest one I found.

1944: "Stuart Taylor in Weird Stories of the Supernatural" by Curt Davis on pp. 27–31 of Jumbo Comics No. 65, July 1944, available at the Digital Comic Museum.

THIS, CHILDREN, IF I SET MY DIALS RIGHT, IS POMPEII. . IN THE YEAR 79 A. D.

[. . .]

THE FAMOUS ERUPTION IS ABOUT READY, I JUDGE . . WON'T BE A HEALTHY SPOT TO STAY. LET'S FIND A SAFE PLACE TO WATCH . . .

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