Pompeii, Italy - The Lost City

Pompeii -- the living city

Entering Ancient Pompeii. Photo by mls559 (flickr)
Entering Ancient Pompeii. Photo by mls559 (flickr)

In the fateful year of 79 AD, the city of Pompeii (Italy) was a thriving city of about 20,000 inhabitants. This was during the heyday of the Roman Empire, and Pompeii was a popular place for wealthy Romans to visit on holiday.

The city was already historic. Some homes in the city center had been there since at least 300 BC, so by 79 AD, these homes were already older than the United States is now.

During those years, progress had come to Pompeii. There were small theaters and one grand amphitheater. The city and many of its buildings had running water brought by a Roman aqueduct. There was a central swimming pool, a gymnasium, and at least 4 public baths. There were temples, a forum, a hotel, and numerous restaurants.

This was nearly 2,000 years ago, and life wasn't as different from today as you might expect. In the city center, upper stories were built onto some of Pompeii's elegant houses.

"Everyone -- social climbers particularly -- wanted a house in the town center: the problem was to find space. ... Surviving advertisements have a surprisingly modern ring: ‘To let from the fifteenth of next July, shops with their stalls, high-class second-story apartments, and a house. Prospective lessees may apply to Primus, slave of Gnaeus Alleius Nigidius.'" (from "Roman Italy", by T.W. Potter)

Fresco from Pompeii (Photo by Clara Natoli)
Fresco from Pompeii (Photo by Clara Natoli)

Destruction of Pompeii (Leonard Nimoy)

Pompeii - the dying city

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August 24, 79 AD. Vesuvius, the massive mountain that loomed over the city, had been rumbling. Residents took it in stride, much like Californians today do with earth tremors. After all, they'd seen this plenty of times before.

This was different, though. In early August, springs and wells began drying up, then a swarm of small earthquakes began. Aug 23 was Vulcanalia -- the feast day for Vulcan, the Roman god of fire. The next day, the volcano (namesake of the same god), erupted furiously.

This time Vulcan meant business.

First, there was a Plinian eruption, a type of eruption named after an eyewitness to the explosion whose written accounts survived to tell the story. A column of smoke and ash rose about 20 miles high from the volcano, then spread out and rained ash and pumice stone over the area. Pompeii was buried in rock and ash about 9 ft deep .

Hours later, this was followed by a pyroclastic flow, when a cloud of superheated gas, ash, and rock poured forth and roared down the side of the volcano. Scientists estimate that the cloud had a temperature close to 350 degrees Celsius when it reached Pompeii. Any stragglers who escaped the first phase of the eruption were burned and asphyxiated by the second.

This was the last day for Pompeii and thousands of its inhabitants. Buried in thick layers of ash, the people and their city remained untouched -- lost and forgotten for centuries.

"The thermal energy released during the AD 79 eruption would have been roughly... 100,000 times that of the Hiroshima atomic bomb." (from "Dynamics of Volcanism")

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Highly recommended

Fabulous book

"Pompeii: A Novel", by Robert Harris, blends scientific fact, documents from ancient Roman times, and fiction, to create a gripping historical novel about the end of Pompeii. Fascinating, and a fun read, too.

"Meticulously researched, beautifully written historical thriller of extraordinary breadth and depth." ~ Miami Herald

Vesuvius still dominates  (photo by Felice Romano)
Vesuvius still dominates (photo by Felice Romano)
Plaster Cast Of Crouched Victim, Pompeii. Photo by TyB (flickr)
Plaster Cast Of Crouched Victim, Pompeii. Photo by TyB (flickr)

Pompeii - the rediscovered city

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The city was obliterated, and the inhabitants gone. People forgot where it was, especially since the eruption raised the beach and altered the river's course, so that the site was no longer on either the river or the coast.

The buried town lay quietly beneath layer upon layer of ash and dirt, until its accidental discovery in 1748 -- 1,669 years after its demise.

Because of the speed and thoroughness with which the city was buried, objects remained remarkably well-preserved for all these centuries. Little air and little moisture meant little deterioration. When the city of Pompeii came to light again, it provided unprecedented views of life in Roman times.

It also gave us chilling models of terrified residents in their final moments of anguish. An early excavator realized that some cavities in the ash layer were spaces left by decomposed bodies. He injected plaster into them to exactly recreate the victims at the time they were buried. It's impossible to view these without feeling for the people who lay there, unable to escape their fate.

Today, Pompeii is a World Heritage Site, and one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. The ruins of the city are extensive, and you can wander through the streets, homes and public spaces. You'll see the theaters, the wealthy homes, the fast food joints, and perhaps even a brothel. It's easy to imagine the lively city this was, up through August 23. Then the plaster casts show you everything you need to know about August 24.

It's a powerful place, and one you'll never forget.

Closing note

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Vesuvius has erupted many times since the cataclysm that destroyed Pompeii, and it is regarded as one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world. There are 3 million people living close to it -- the most densely populated volcanic region in the world.

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Finding the Lost City of Pompeii

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Lissie 8 years ago from New Zealand

Great hub - yes I would say Pompeii was the most impressive ruin I saw in Italy -because it was complete - not just an amphitheatre or a forum, but suburbs and shops as well!


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happyexplorer 8 years ago from Mostly USA, sometimes elsewhere Author

Hi Lissie - Thanks for the comment! And you're so right! The fact that there's a whole town there gives you a much better sense of what life was like, compared to an isolated monument like the colloseum. Pompeii shows the "everyday life", and it's big enough you can really immerse yourself in it. Have a wonderful day! - Deanna.


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Theter 8 years ago

That is an excellent piece on The Lost City of Pompeii!

Almost like a summary of the Pompeii documentary I saw on Discovery Channel. I have never been there, but I hope one day I will.

Great work Deanna!


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happyexplorer 8 years ago from Mostly USA, sometimes elsewhere Author

Hi Theter -

Thanks! I haven't seen the Discovery Channel piece, but anything to do with Pompeii is bound to be fascinating since it's such an amazing place. I hope you make it there! (-:- Deanna.


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sligobay 8 years ago from east of the equator

Hello Happy E

I just needed to see this award winning site. This is the best of your Italian series. nobody hubs it better. Cheers


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happyexplorer 8 years ago from Mostly USA, sometimes elsewhere Author

Hi Sligobay - Thanks for visiting and thanks for the words of encouragement! - Deanna.


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nightcats 8 years ago from North Vancouver

Great hub page. I remember my mother telling me about Mt. Vesuvius many, many years ago. I wonder why people choose to live so close. Of course, I suppose with today's technology they would get plenty of warning before it erupted.


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happyexplorer 8 years ago from Mostly USA, sometimes elsewhere Author

Hi nightcats - They'd definitely get more warning today, and hopefully most people would pay attention to it. But still, 3 million people is a lot to evacuate, and a lot could lose their homes.

Thanks for visiting! - Deanna.


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zannr 8 years ago from Portland

Great Hub! I was obsessed with Pompeii for a long time as a kid. I went there in my early twenties and found it amazing! The frescoes and the encapsulated bodies were one of many fantastic sites. I'll have to check out the book you suggested as well. Another smaller site to look into is Herculaneum, not far from Pompeii. I did not get to visit that site while I was in Italy.


Ron Passfield 8 years ago

Great topic and hub site - a good model for me as I joined about 10 minutes ago.


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happyexplorer 8 years ago from Mostly USA, sometimes elsewhere Author

Hi zannr - It is fascinating and amazing, isn't it? And good point about Herculaneum. It's got some well-preserved ruins from the same time too, and not as many people know it as Pompeii. Maybe you can go back to Italy some day to see that one too! Thanks for writing, - Deanna.


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happyexplorer 8 years ago from Mostly USA, sometimes elsewhere Author

Hi Ron - Welcome to HubPages! Thanks for your comments, and I look forward to reading some of yours in the future. - Deanna.


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Sheila Martin 8 years ago

Fascinating stuff, Happy!

I just called my DH in to hear about the rental ads and Pompeian fast food. And I'm definitely going to read the novel you recommended.

We're planning another trip to Italy, so Pompeii is now on our list of must-see places.

Thanks for your work on this. Cheers,

Sheila


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happyexplorer 8 years ago from Mostly USA, sometimes elsewhere Author

Hi Sheila -

Thanks for your note, and I'm so happy you enjoyed it! It really is pretty cool to think about how similar their life then was to ours now. Some things are remarkably comparable, considering the 2000 years that have passed!

The Pompeii book is definitely great. And if you have any serious interest in archaeology of that time, the Roman Italy book cited in the apartment ad is really interesting too.

Enjoy that trip to Italy! - Deanna.


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William F. Torpey 8 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

A thorough and excellent treatment of this historic event, happyexplorer. I saw the movie "The Last Days of Pompeii" many years ago and it dramatic scenes of the eruption of Vesuvius are burned into my memory.


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happyexplorer 8 years ago from Mostly USA, sometimes elsewhere Author

Hi William -

Thanks for the comment, and the good words! It is a dramatic story, isn't it? And when you see the actual place where these people lived and died (not to mention the casts of the victims), it really does leave an indelible impression.

Thanks for stopping by! - Deanna.


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NatChar 8 years ago

This was a very interesting read. You really captured my attention from beginning to end. Pompeii is a place that I now have on my "places to visit list". Thank You!


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happyexplorer 8 years ago from Mostly USA, sometimes elsewhere Author

Hi NatChar -

Thanks for the comment! I'm glad you found in interesting. Pompeii definitely belongs on a "places to visit" list. If you're ever in the vicinity of Rome or Naples, it's WELL worth planning a day to see Pompeii. You'll never forget it!

- Deanna.


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rolandfrasier 8 years ago from San Diego, California, USA

Hey Deanna! Thanks for a most excellent hub! Pompeii is definitely worth seeing. I spent a day there last year and found it absolutely fascinating. The only place I've seen so far that can compare in completeness is Effisis in Turkey. I've also heard that Libya offers some amazingly complete Roman ruins.

The really cool thing about Pompeii for me is how much was preserved of daily life because of how the whole eruption went down. They have a traveling tour of someof the items from it here in San Diego right now, wihich reminds me that I should try to get down and see it.

Thanks again!


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Caregiver-007 8 years ago from Florida

Thumbs up for a fascinating Hub on a fascinating topic! I never knew about Pompeian fast food, rental ads, and luxury resort with central heat... even though a while back I thought I paid attention to Discovery.

I missed Pompeii on earlier Italy travels, but now it and Herculaneum are definitely on the "to visit" short list. I, too, wonder why so many people would continue to live so close to a known volcanic menace, no matter how beautiful!

Your layout, elements, and photos are great, too. Congratulations on producing one of the best Hubs!


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robie2 8 years ago from Central New Jersey

Thanks for this really excellent information--have been fascinated by Pompeii for years but have never visited--hoiwever, have just ordered the novel you recommend so highly so I'll have an interesting armchair journey :-) This is a great hub and gets a big thumbs upfrom me.


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WeddingConsultant 8 years ago from DC Metro Area

Very well organized hub, explorer. Thanks!


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Decrescendo 8 years ago

This place looks great.


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Fillip 8 years ago from atop the grateful castle

Hi Deanna,

This is an incredible Hub. You provided so much interesting information and great writing...I felt as though I was there for that fateful day in August. This is one of the few hubs where I felt a moving experience..thank you for sharing your 'exploration' to Pompeii.


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happyexplorer 8 years ago from Mostly USA, sometimes elsewhere Author

Hi Roland -

Thanks for the note! I haven't been to Turkey or Libya, but would love to check them out someday. If you write a hub on those, I'll be certain to visit! - Deanna


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happyexplorer 8 years ago from Mostly USA, sometimes elsewhere Author

Hi Caregiver -

Thanks for the kind comments! One of the cool things about archaeology and a place like Pompeii is that they're continually learning new things. Even if you remembered everything off the Discovery channel, there would still be more to discover. (-:

Good luck making it to those places on your short list! - Deanna.


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happyexplorer 8 years ago from Mostly USA, sometimes elsewhere Author

Hi Robie -

Thanks for your comment! I'm glad you enjoyed the hub, and hope you enjoy the novel even more. (-:

- Deanna.


Terri 8 years ago

I rarely read a web page from beginning to end....but you caught my attention. Your videos and your superb writing had me riveted. Even as busy as I am, I focused on this hub and was sad to see the end! I even read all the comments, which is also something I rarely do - I tend to be a scanner. EXCELLENT WORK and I've learned quite a bit from this page. Thanks for putting this online and I hope the search engines gobble it up so that everyone can view this page because if they miss this page, they have certainly missed something special.


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happyexplorer 8 years ago from Mostly USA, sometimes elsewhere Author

Hi Terri -

Wow! Thanks so much for such supportive comments! You made my day, and I'm very happy you enjoyed it. (-:

- Deanna.


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solarshingles 8 years ago from london

Very nice and very rich hub! Sad story, but so nicely presented. My favorite place in Italy is Venice (not really creative/original choice, though)


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happyexplorer 8 years ago from Mostly USA, sometimes elsewhere Author

Hi solar -

Thanks for your comment! You're right that Venice is another fascinating place, and totally unique. Italy is an amazing country! - Deanna.


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ram_m 8 years ago from India

For armchair explorers like me, your hub has helped me visualize what Pompei would have been.Fine indeed.


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Decrescendo 8 years ago

What are some good places to eat here?


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happyexplorer 8 years ago from Mostly USA, sometimes elsewhere Author

Hi Decrescendo - Most of the restaurants at Pompeii aren't in very good condition for eating any more! It's still pretty cool to walk into them though, and picture them bustling. You can see this in a video above - the recreation of what it was like before, food & wine being served, and then later the ruins as they are today. You can still get a quick lunch when you're at the ruins, but for serious food, I normally stay in Naples (doing Pompeii as a day trip from there).

Thanks for commenting! - Deanna.


Sean Almond 8 years ago

I remember that well known pose.... Centuries buried underground and not until excavators finally revealed his terrifying and, at the same time, touching posture that this guy's bravery and husbandly sense got known to the world. He was trying to protect his wife from incoming raids of volcanic missiles with his own body. Pompeii is an idyllic city with a romantic story behind its sad history. Its frescoes, bars, bakeries make me wanna go back through time and be there at the time before the explosion....


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happyexplorer 8 years ago from Mostly USA, sometimes elsewhere Author

Hi Sean -

What a powerful comment! You're absolutely right about how emotional it is to see those plaster casts, and envision the last days of these people. You get a glimpse into that person's life, something about the kind of person he was, and what was probably going through his mind in those last moments. It's both admirable and very sad.

Thanks so much for your visit and comment! - Deanna.


Lady 8 years ago

This is a really great hub! I'm only still a teenager and my family and I went to Pompeii last November... It was something I will never forget.


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happyexplorer 8 years ago from Mostly USA, sometimes elsewhere Author

Hi Lady -

Thanks for your comment! I went to Pompeii with my family when I was a teenager too! That was the first time, but not the last. Who knows, you could be back there someday too...

Thanks! - Deanna.


Italy Travel Guy 8 years ago

Good hub! Pompeii is amazing, espcially the bodies! Crazy. I'm looking for some tours of venice and other italy tours that would be good to take with my family. Can you recommend any? I'm going to travel to italy this fall so any help would be appreciated!


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happyexplorer 8 years ago from Mostly USA, sometimes elsewhere Author

Hi Italy Guy -

You're so right! I was just back in Pompeii a couple of weeks ago, and it's awesome. I don't know of any particular family-oriented tours to recommend, but I would suggest doing some web searching on your hotels. Check out the individual hotel websites for any you're interested in, not just the major booking sites. I found some big discounts on Rome hotels right now -- it seems that tourism is down there, though you wouldn't know it by the lines outside the Vatican!

Have a great trip!


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Big Sky 8 years ago from USA

Now I see how hubs are supposed to be done. Boy am I humbled.


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happyexplorer 8 years ago from Mostly USA, sometimes elsewhere Author

Hi Big Sky -

There are many ways to do hubs, and you'll find your own way as you experiment with it. I got lots of ideas from looking at other people's, too!


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Eunice Baete 8 years ago from Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

I making Big Sky's words as my words too. I've started doing hubs recently, and by reading your hubs I can see an amazing example of how to do amazing hubs ! I'm humbled too! (just kiding) Congratulations!


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Eunice Baete 8 years ago from Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

I making Big Sky's words as my words too. I've started doing hubs recently, and by reading your hubs I can see an amazing example of how to do amazing hubs ! I'm humbled too! (just kiding) Congratulations!


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happyexplorer 8 years ago from Mostly USA, sometimes elsewhere Author

Hi Eunice -

Glad you liked it - thanks! I think readng other people's hubs is a great way to collect ideas -- then you just try it out on your own, and your own style will develop as you do more and more. It's really quite fun to experiment with all the different options you have in HubPages. Pretty cool!

Best of luck with it, and keep on hubbing! (-:


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solarcaptain 8 years ago from california

Hello

Thank you for awakening my fascination for Italy. I know I had decided to go on my last trip to Europe but that was over 20 years ago. Things like career, family, and other obigations have been an excuse for not following my dream. Keep up your good work, my new goal is to get there before 2010.

Thanks

Michael


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happyexplorer 8 years ago from Mostly USA, sometimes elsewhere Author

Hi Michael -

Thanks for your comment! It sounds like you never abandoned the dream - just let it go dormant for awhile during other phases of your life. That's a good place to be. The dream is still there, just waiting for you to pick it up again.

Hope you make it!


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DougsHub 8 years ago from Australia

A good read and a nicely put together hub. So this is how a good is presented. I am with Big Sky.

You have to ask yourself what risks the people living around Mt Vesuvius are exposed to. Pompeii was destroyed over 1900 years ago. So does that mean it wont happen agin or its due?.


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happyexplorer 8 years ago from Mostly USA, sometimes elsewhere Author

Hi Dougshub -

It could easily happen again. I was up on Mt. Vesuvius this summer, and it's still an active volcano. No lava flowing, but sulfurous steam escaping in places. We should have a lot better advanced warning if it does happen again, but 3 million people would be a lot to evacuate. Thanks for your comment!


JAMIE 7 years ago

HELLO IM WONDERING IF YOU DISCOVERED POMPII YOU SEEM NICE DID YOU THINK IT WAS SAD I DID WRITE BACK LOVE YA GIRL IM ONLEY 12 WERE TALKING ABOUT POMPII IN SIENCE CLASS IM A GIRL IMWHITE AND SHORT AND SHORT BROWN HAIR IM IN 6TH GRADE


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happyexplorer 7 years ago from Mostly USA, sometimes elsewhere Author

Hi Jamie -

Somebody else rediscovered Pompeii before I was born. It was very sad to see the people who were caught in the volcano - I could imagine how scared they were. It's very interesting that you're studying Pompeii in school. Good luck with it, and thanks for visiting & commenting!


Kaylah:) 7 years ago

Hey this is a fantastic page you've got, so much helpful information, although i am confused about the origins of the rediscovery, who actually rediscovered the remains of pompeii? there's so much information thrown at me and i'm not sure what to believe! :S was it the french or spanish or someone else?


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happyexplorer 7 years ago from Mostly USA, sometimes elsewhere Author

Hi Kaylah -

Pompeii was rediscovered in 1748 by a Spanish military engineer Rocque Joaquin de Alcubierre. There was possibly an earlier finding in 1599 by an Italian architect, but he didn't know what he found, and never investigated or excavated. So it is a bit questionable, but I'd say the Spanish guy gets my vote as the first "real" rediscoverer. (-:


Jackie 7 years ago

That is very sad. I feel so lucky that I was not around when that happened


kp 7 years ago

thanks for the info doing areport really helped


jenna 7 years ago

i feel so bad for these people and what they want though!


Hannah 7 years ago

Hey

This is a lot of great information

I'm doing an assignment on Pompeii and this really helps i will tell you what grade i get


erica 7 years ago

thank you i need this for a homework assighment...thanks


mabelle 7 years ago

I went to Italy in 1972 and saw Pompei. I had forgotten the name and I found it in this site. Thanks!


morgan 7 years ago

sad true story


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sciencewithme 7 years ago

Pompeii was a huge tragedy with so many losing their lives. But for science we have been able to learn so much from the well preserved city.


Ann 7 years ago

I am very sorry for those people who died in pompeii. And I am very sorry for the city pompeii too.


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happyexplorer 7 years ago from Mostly USA, sometimes elsewhere Author

Hi Jackie, Jenna, Morgan and Ann - You're all right -- it's a very sad story. It's especially sad when you see the people as they died, trying to cover their faces, or shelter someone else.

Hi KP, Hannah, Erica and Mabelle - Glad this was able to help you out!


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happyexplorer 7 years ago from Mostly USA, sometimes elsewhere Author

Hi Sciencewithme - You're right about the things we've learned from Pompeii. It's amazing from the archaeological perspective, and the insights it's provided into life in Roman times. That's definitely the silver lining in this story. Thanks for stopping by!


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Minilady 7 years ago

Great Hub! Brought back wonderful memories of my trip to Pompeii two years ago. I was totally fascinated by the place.


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happyexplorer 7 years ago from Mostly USA, sometimes elsewhere Author

Hi minilady - It's an amazing place, isn't it? I think I could spend a week poking around there quite contentedly, and I can imagine how an archaeologist could devote decades to studying it. It's really quite a sizable city, and so well preserved that you can picture the life there much easier than most places. A little bit of imagination can bring it to life... (-:


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EcoAsh 7 years ago from Hemet

Thats crazy how the pyroclastic flow, like froze the people in place.


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happyexplorer 7 years ago from Mostly USA, sometimes elsewhere Author

Hi EcoAsh -- Pretty eerie - they were literally buried alive.


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EcoAsh 7 years ago from Hemet

Great information about the city and its history.


bethany 7 years ago

i cried after watching those videos aren't they sad?!i feel sorry for the Romans.its easy to know their feelings!im speechless!


John 7 years ago

It is sad ....

but great hub ......


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knell63 7 years ago from Umbria, Italy

Great Hub, great place. I visited Pompeii about 10 years ago, it is such an amazing place. It ultimately led to me actually emigrating to Italy as I loved it so much.


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happyexplorer 7 years ago from Mostly USA, sometimes elsewhere Author

Knell63 - Wow, how lucky for you that you get to live in Italy now! I would love to spend a lot more time there. Enjoy!


project  6 years ago

hi i am project well what i was going to say is this site is very helpful to the project i am doing at school and i am very intrested in all of this stuff and i am 9 years old someday i would love to come to pompii and in joy as much as my grandfather did i wish to go there and my hope are upso very high please tell me more about it people tell me that pompii is so cool and i am amazed to hear and see this site love from project nine years old godbye


Rome Apartments 6 years ago

It's really fascinating how populated cities can just disappear! This is the type of history lesson that really captures the imagination and is exciting to learn about.


REVANTH 6 years ago

SO THE MOVIE OF POMPEII DESTROYED BY VALCONO


person 6 years ago

i like this site...im doing a school project and this helped a lot...thnx


Lisa C. Wellton 6 years ago

Hello.I am a historn from a nice bussniess and I have to commlment this hub!It was very nice and accurite.(Sorry for the spelling.I have a headache and can't think striaght.)

Anyway, I just want to say that this is a very good essay or passage!How old are you and how did you come up with this information?


sophs 6 years ago

great hub, really enjoyed reading this :-)


Adam 6 years ago

just to let you all know, people live near volcanoes because of the good soil around it.its good for growing plants and stuff


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happyexplorer 6 years ago from Mostly USA, sometimes elsewhere Author

Lisa - Thanks for the good words. The information came from a whole bunch of sources - it's a place I've been interested in for years. As for my age? Well, I'm a lot younger than Pompeii, so none of the info is from personal experience. (-;


LIZ 6 years ago

I would love to go there and visit I will be going next year for my 19th Birthday I just wanted to know how is the weather over there over summer?

-LIZ


chris Nwabaise. 6 years ago

My younger brother told me the story of pompeii & i decided to search for it on the internet until i came across it. it was touchy and incredible experience. i feel for the people who lived then. But iam seeing it differently, i think God was angry with what was going on in the city, gladiator killing fight and people sat and watch, prostution and slavery of humans could have annoyed God that he sent the Volcanic eruption and allowed the story to be seen today by the world as a lesson. May God forgive them Amen.


zuni 6 years ago

there's a doctor who episode about pompeii!!!!!!!!!!!!

my fave ep!

my fave show!

GO DOCTOR WHO!

GO POMPEII!

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


eva s 6 years ago

im doing a projet and i luv it !!


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CMHypno 6 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

Interesting Hub on Pompeii. I am lucky enough to have been there a couple of times, and it is a very fascinating site to visit. They are still excavating, so there are probably a lot more finds to be made.


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happyexplorer 6 years ago from Mostly USA, sometimes elsewhere Author

CMHypno - Thanks! It's a big site, and there's a lot to see - well worth a couple of visits. I'm sure you're right that they're still making discoveries. They also have a lot to do with preservation at Pompeii, since the frescoes have been deteriorating since they were excavated.


historycrazy101 6 years ago

Wow!!! I never learned so much about Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius. It is insane how many people that they found in all the ruble. And to have it all still intact. It took them about 1600 years to find it. That is a long time to keep bodies preserved


leah 6 years ago

we learned about it in school and it was very good


Emily  5 years ago

Hey Im writing a paper on Pompeii for my english class, and I found your website to be very helpful! M teacher wanted us to find an expert on our topic and you seem to know a lot about Pompeii. I was wondering if you knew any other interesting facts about the city that others may not know.


Stan 5 years ago

Hi i have thoroughly enjoyed reading this post on pompeii. A fantastic ancient history lesson. Many thanks.


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happyexplorer 5 years ago from Mostly USA, sometimes elsewhere Author

Hi Stan -

I'm happy that you enjoyed this post. Pompeii is indeed fantastic. Thanks for dropping by:-)


Dianemae 5 years ago

Having visited Pompeii in 1970, I wanted to read your article. It brought back many memories. Thanks


Chole 5 years ago

this is a very good site and it helped a lot with my home work so thank very much.:P


Snemis1234 5 years ago

What is pompeii like these days?


zeenath 5 years ago

i want the answers only for these im writing below

1. one paragrah about the lost city

2. which, where and which tribe built it

3. causes of its down fall

4. who discovered it and when

i have a project to do about these information only

i wish any one will be kind enough to answer these questions for me...

THANKYOU!!! :);)


Brothel review 5 years ago

It's the oldest business in the world. Nice to see this to be documented by historians, now.


fayfay 5 years ago

i love history and pompeii is my favorite event ever...

im gonna visit pompeii its hard to believe dat about 3million people live there now and there still an eruptive volcano


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happyexplorer 5 years ago from Mostly USA, sometimes elsewhere Author

Hi Brothel review!

Yes, I must agree that the brothel business is one of the oldest trade. Historians can't help but look into this interesting business. :-)


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happyexplorer 5 years ago from Mostly USA, sometimes elsewhere Author

Hi fayfay,

Pompeii is definitely a favorite for history enthusiasts. Perhaps Pompeii has "warning systems" for this eruptive volcano for many people to opt dwelling there.

Have a happy trip!


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AnkushKohli 5 years ago from India

hey

i am just looking for that Hub. It was really very nice. This is the type of history lesson that really captures the imagination.


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happyexplorer 5 years ago from Mostly USA, sometimes elsewhere Author

Hi AnkushKohli!

Thank you! I'm glad that this is what you were looking for. Pompeii's history is indeed interesting, no wonder there's so many who write about it.


awesomo 5 years ago

thank you im only in year7 but i have this prigect and the info really helped


chloe  5 years ago

this was a very moving read ,thank you


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nancypolaska 5 years ago from Oxford Road

The historical details are covered in smart ways. the images used are also interesting.


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happyexplorer 5 years ago from Mostly USA, sometimes elsewhere Author

Hi awesomo, chloe and nancypolaska,

I'm pleased with your feedback. Pompeii's story is indeed moving. The ruins tell us their way of life and the very sad ending.

Thank you for the comment and for dropping by!


kulsoom 5 years ago

thanks

i needed this for my gr7 project


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happyexplorer 5 years ago from Mostly USA, sometimes elsewhere Author

Hi Kulsoom!

I'm glad you found this hub useful!


crosstidalarc 5 years ago

Interesting Hub on Pompeii.Great information about the city and its history.Thanks.


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applejuic3 5 years ago from San Diego, CA

there is so much history to italy, something that i cannot wait to see and discover for myself one day. this will be kept aside for future reference.


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happyexplorer 5 years ago from Mostly USA, sometimes elsewhere Author

Hi crosstidalarc and applejuice3! Pompeii is rich with history and beautiful scenery - I keep coming back. Thanks for dropping by!


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k9charlee 5 years ago

Great information on Pompeii - makes me want to take a trip and see it in person. It's always been high on my list of places to see. Thanks!


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happyexplorer 5 years ago from Mostly USA, sometimes elsewhere Author

Hi k9charlee!

Pompeii is worth the trip. :-)

Thanks for dropping by!


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Dr Rockpile 4 years ago from USA

Really great Hub with so much detail. I really enjoyed the video too. I'd like to visit the ruins someday.


sharon 4 years ago

do you guys have any info about the three buildings of pompeii


Mario 4 years ago

WOW

This site is awesome! I am doing a project about pompeii and it has helped heaps!!!

Thx


LoL:) 4 years ago

WOW

This is like the best site EVER!

I am doing a project on Pompeii and it has helped heaps

Thx :)


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happyexplorer 4 years ago from Mostly USA, sometimes elsewhere Author

Dr Rockpile, Mario and LoL :)

Many thanks for the comments! I'm glad you like it! Thanks for dropping by.


hi 4 years ago

cool website loads of honest info


leah pitts 4 years ago

hi i just want to know what happened before pompeii's volcano exploded.


shaida 4 years ago

the Holdy Islamic book alsi speaks about it , and I think the derstroy because they were not in blieve in God , and they used to follow what Satan wanted

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A Somebody 4 years ago

Awesome info you got there it really helped with my project for Geography =)


ash 4 years ago

asome how did you get those picturse? you guys are asome


mieesha 4 years ago

thanks im doing a project in class and this really helped!!!!!!! Thank you so much!!!


zackey ahmed 4 years ago

this was a lesson for people to **THINK**, if someone could find out what happened to the people who lived where the DEAD SEA IS NOW.


Happy bannana 4 years ago

I got to see pompeii last summer and it was the most beautiful place ever, I can't wait to go back.


krissy 4 years ago

Hi... I'm writing an essay on Pompeii... this was the best info i got so far


Beth 4 years ago

Hi Happyexplorer,

I am doing an assignment on the Fall of Rome.

Any Useful info or a hub about this subject??

Thanks For Writing this!!!

Soo Useful :D


Joesepii Sandez 4 years ago

COOLLLLL awsome volcanoe bro


Madelyn 4 years ago

This is the best website about Pompeii the lost city. Loads of info.


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happyexplorer 4 years ago from Mostly USA, sometimes elsewhere Author

Hi Leah - Before the volcano exploded, there was a lot happening. Pompeii was a bustling city, with everybody going about their daily lives. The mountain had also been rumbling, but people were just ignoring it.


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happyexplorer 4 years ago from Mostly USA, sometimes elsewhere Author

Hi Zacky - I don't know anything about what used to be where the Dead Sea is now, but that's an interesting question. ??


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happyexplorer 4 years ago from Mostly USA, sometimes elsewhere Author

Hi Beth - What a great idea! Thanks for the suggestion! (-:


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happyexplorer 4 years ago from Mostly USA, sometimes elsewhere Author

Many thanks to all of you who let me know this hub was useful! I'm happy to know that it's helping somebody out. (-:


Gabrielle 4 years ago

I am having to do a project on Pompeii in my Literature class and honestly this is the best information I have found. Thank you!


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happyexplorer 4 years ago from Mostly USA, sometimes elsewhere Author

Hi Gabrielle - Thanks for the good words, and I'm happy to help! (-:

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