Pompeii's history reads like a Greek tragedy. Settlers originally flocked to the site of the Roman port city because of its fertile soil—the product of volcanic ash from nearby Mount Vesuvius. Yet that very same volcano would erupt and doom the city of 10,000 to 20,000 inhabitants in A.D. 79.  Many Europeans toured the city's ancient ruins in the decades following their initial excavations in 1748.   The real thrill of Pompeii is that the most mundane aspects of ancient Roman life have been…

The real thrill of Pompeii is that the most mundane aspects of ancient Roman life have been preserved for centuries beneath fine-grained volcanic ash.

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Archaeologists Unearth Intact Pre-Roman Tomb in Pompeii

Dive with History: Underwater Pompeii in Pozzuoli, Italy - Archeological Park of Baia near Naples - World Adventure Divers

Dive in history: underwater Pompeii in Pozzuoli, Italy

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The Fall and Rise and Fall of Pompeii | History | Smithsonian

The Fall and Rise and Fall of Pompeii

The famous archaeological treasure is falling into scandalous decline, even as its sister city Herculaneum is rising from the ashes

A cooking hearth at Pompeii. Photo by Carolyn Conne

A cooking hearth at Pompeii. One such oven was discovered to have bread inside when excavated

Pompeii

Living on the Edge-Where the Volcano Sleeps...or Erupts? the Vesuvius Eruption, the Krakatoa Eruption and More Hot Stuff

Excavation findings in Pompeii picture) and Herculaneum picture). Two towns close to the famous Vesuvius volcano (Italy) that erupt almost years ago.

The Fall and Rise and Fall of Pompeii | History | Smithsonian

The Fall and Rise and Fall of Pompeii

Pompeii - House of the Small Fountain. The small fountain is located in the mosaic-covered nymphaeum.  A nymphaeum in ancient Greece and Rome was a monument consecrated to the nymphs, especially those of springs. The house itself, on the Via di Mercurio, dates from the first century B.C. and is a typical atrium-style house.

BCE House of the Small Fountain on the Via di Mercurio, Pompeii. The small fountain is located in the mosaic-covered nymphaeum - a monument consecrated to the nymphs, especially those of springs.

The Brothel in Pompeii, Italy. Customers of the brothels chose what sex position they wanted by the painting over the door. No language barriers back then.

the brothel, Pompeii, Italy Customers of the brothels chose what sex position they wanted by the painting over the door. No language barriers back then.

From The Smithsonian's List of 28 Places to Visit Before You Die: POMPEII, ITALY  Pompeii's history reads like a  Greek tragedy. Settlers flocked to the site of the Roman port city because of its fertile soil—the product of volcanic ash from nearby Mount Vesuvius. Yet that very same volcano would erupt and doom the city of 10,000 to 20,000 inhabitants in A.D.79. Visitors  can tour homes such as the House of the Vettii—a residence of wealthy merchants, with walls  adorned with frescos.

A Glimpse of Old Pompeii

~~ A Glimpse of Old Pompeii ~preserved under volcanic ash from Mount Vesuvius are the everyday goings-on of ancient Roman life

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