Pompeii, Italy, a snapshot in time during the 'golden era' of the Roman Empire.

Today we visited Pompeii near Sorrento in Italy.

Pompeii, a Roma town from the 1st century AD. has achieved fame worldwide as a consequence  of being buried under layers of lava pebbles, three types of pumice, and various types iof ash in all about4m/12 ft in depth due to a massive explosion of nearby Mount Vesuvius at around midday on one day in September AD79. This entombed about 2000 people in the town with countless thousands dof others dying in the surrounding countryside. This was the most catastrophic natural disaster ever recorded in European history.

After the explosion, the town was forgotten until rediscovered in the 18th century. In 1860 the Italian government appointed a professional archaeologist to oversee excavations which are still in process today.

To sum u,p the horrific deaths to thousands of the tow'sn occupants caused by searing heat and suffocation is offset by the unique window this event has provided into a snapshot in time of a provincial town during the 'golden'era of the Roman Empire.


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