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                        Pompeii, Italy

Pompeii is a buried and ruined Roman city near modern Naples. It, along with Herculaneum (its sister city), was destroyed, and completely buried, during a catastrophic eruption of the volcano Mount Vesuvius spanning two days on 24 August, 79AD.

The volcano collapsed higher roof-lines and buried Pompeii under many meters of ash and pumice, and it was lost for nearly 1700 years before its accidental rediscovery in 1748. Since then, its excavation has provided an extraordinarily detailed insight into the life of a city at the height of the Roman Empire.

The white rocks were meant to enable to see the roadway at night. It picked up the Moon's light. Remember, this was before streetlamps.

 The Temple of Apollo

Sacrifices were held here... Only animal sacrifices, though.

Mount Vesuvius is in the background.

            

Notice the statue on the left.. and an artist depiction of what the temple probably looked like. By the way, that statue is a replica.

The real one is in the museum in Naples.

Mount Vesuvius is an active stratovolcano east of Naples, Italy. It is the only volcano on the European mainland to have erupted within the last hundred years, although it is not currently erupting. The two other volcanoes in Italy, (Etna and Stromboli) are located on islands. 

                 

 A baker's oven.

Check out Mount Vesuvius in the background...You can almost see the inhabitants walking around... Eeerie. Looks like a movie set.  

                                   

A phallic symbol... This was a house of "ill-repute". :-) Way before RED ights...

                

              

Casts of the victims of the eruption.

Close-up of the next picture...                                  

                           

                        

                    

The Forum Baths were mainly for people who visited the city and for the wealthy. Men and women had separate quarters. They would bathe every day.

  • The Tepidarium is the "warm bath".
  • The Calidarium... The "hot bath". Each room was heated with hot air which came from a central furnace and circulated under the floor or even when necessary, in double walls .
  • The Frigiderium...Well, you guessed it.

 

 

Check out: Herculaneum, Italy

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