Pompeii, along with nearby Herculaneum, was completely buried and destroyed, during a catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius over two days beginning on 24th August 79.
The volcano buried the City under a layer of ash and pumice many metres deep and it was lost for nearly one thousand seven hundred years before its accidental rediscovery in 1748. Since then, its excavation has provided a detailed insight into the life of a city at the height of the Roman Empire and which at the time of the eruption is estimated to have had approximately twenty thousand inhabitants and was located in an area in which many wealthy Romans had their holiday villas.
Lucky you! I first visited Pompei almost 40 years ago and have been back a couple of times since. It is the most incredible place. It would be easy to spend days there. Thanks for the revisit.
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A catastrophic event, and I can only imagine how terrifying it must have been for the residents of the area. But SO incredible from an archaeological standpoint. I spent a summer working on a dig in the “Soap Factory” near the Herculaneum Gate. There is a lot of history in that city – both pre- and post-Roman rule – but what was really incredible about the eruption is that it preserved a SINGLE DAY in history, and we can actually learn things about that one day. It’s a pretty rare thing in the archaeological world. Anyway, just sharing my thoughts. Hope you enjoyed visiting the ancient city as much as I did!
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