"POMPEI "The Lost City"" Pompeii by Goner
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In the early afternoon hours of August 24, 79 A.D. the summit of Mount Vesuvius exploded without warning. A black river of ash and lapilli ran from the crater of the volcano down through the city of Pompeii leaving death and destruction in its wake. The magnificent ancient city of Pompeii was left buried under about 20 feet of earth and ash.
This town lay undiscovered until the 17th century. They excavated and found a city frozen in time and a picture of how the ancient Romans lived (quite decadent).
Pompeii is much, much larger than I had ever imagined. It truly shows all aspects of the Romans during this period in history.
Seventeen-hundred years later, architect Domenico Fontana happened across some inscriptions while building a tunnel in the area. Some excavation was done near the amphitheater at that time, but no one suspected that an entire city was buried there. The first scientific exploration of the site took place in 1748, directed by Charles of Bourbon. New discoveries continued to be made throughout the 19th century and into the 20th century and continue to this day. More than ¼ of the city still remains to be excavated. Some of the ruins were badly damaged by air raids during World War II and have been restored
Pompeii is in Campania Region, built at the mouth of the Sarno River a few miles south of Mount Vesuvius, between Herculaneum and Stabiae. The city was founded about 600 BC by the Oscans, who were later conquered by the Samnites It became a Roman colony in 80 BC and later a favorite resort for wealthy Romans, reaching a population of about 20,000 at the beginning of the Christian era. It was also a place of considerable trade and was the port town of Nola and other inland cities of the fertile valley of the Sarnus. The city was much damaged by an earthquake in AD 63 before it was completely demolished by Mount Vesuvious which also overwhelmed the towns of Herculaneum, and Stabiae. The eruption also changed the course of the Sarnus and raised the sea beach, placing the river and the sea at a considerable distance from the ruined city and obscuring the original site.
- Pros:A Very Interesting Look into the Life of the Romans
- Cons:The devastation that can occur from an erupting volcano
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