The Roman City of Pompei
Destroyed By Mt Vesuvius In 79 AD
Here is a street in the Roman City of Pompei, buried by Mt
Vesuvius in a 79 AD eruption. The people who lived and
died in Pompei had little warning of what was coming.
Restoration work here over several centuries has provided
valuable information on Roman culture during this period.
This spacious Roman house clearly belonged to a
wealthy family. It features numerous art works.
Uncovered commercial buildings reveal
which trades were practiced in Pompei.
Pompei's most unusual display is of people killed
by Vesuvius, with the shape of their bodies
preserved by volcanic mud and ash.
These victims of the volcano are an eerie sight.
However, contemporary reports indicate that
90% of Pompei's 20,000 residents somehow
managed to escape from the eruption.
We are looking at some of the unlucky 10% who
perished, about 2,000 victims. Pompei was never rebuilt
and sat buried for centuries until discovered by
accident in 1594. Vesuvius remains an active volcano to
this day, surrounded now by modern Italian cities.
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