THE HAUNTING TALE OF POMPEII
Pompeii was a thriving and sophisticated Roman city before it was destroyed by the Mount Vesuvius eruption in 79 AD. After its destruction it was lost for centuries.
Originally settled by Greeks in the 8th century BC, it reached its peak under Roman rule. The eruption covered the city in 19 to 23 feet of pumice stone and ash.
The quick and total covering of the city by volcanic ash preserved the city as it was at the moment of its death in 79 AD. It has become a source of great knowledge about the ancient Greek and Roman empires. Bakeries were fully intact with their mills, kneading machines and ovens. The tools of sculptors, toolmakers, and gem cutters were found.
Street signs, murals and original Roman graffiti remain. There is even a brothel complete with its picture menu of services offered. Several homes of the wealthy with their pristine garden courtyards are still intact. Today you can still walk through the Forum, the center of the city’s economic, religious and municipal life.