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The History Of Pompei

Updated on July 18, 2015

Record Of Pompei

When one hears the word, "Pompei," the first thing that comes to mind is history and the images that accompany the word.

Pompei was one of the cities destroyed by Mount Vesuvius, literally buried under volcanic lava and ash for centuries prior to being discovered in 1700s. The volcano is still active today.

RICORDO DI POMPEI - 32 VEDUTE is a very old book, to the best of my knowledge it was a tour book composed in the 1930s, with pictures pertaining to the ruins of Pompei. This little tour guide briefly describes a city in ruins that is still being excavated for historic and cultural purposes.

Pompei History is based on the information in this little book that was given to me long, long ago.

Pompei, Naples, Italy

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The Pompei Museum

The museum is situated at the entrance to the Marina Gate. It contains an interesting collection of relics of the destroyed city. There are implements and plaster moulds of animals and persons, and victims of the disaster, which include the body of a woman reproduced in the position in which she was found.

A General View Of Pompei

Seen from above, one gains an exact idea of the topography of the city and the Roman plan of construction. Pompei was buried in 79 AD by a terrible eruption of the neighboring Vesuvius volcano. Charles III of Bourbons started the excavation in 1755.

Seating For 40,000 People

The Amphitheater

This is a cololssal Roman ediface, oval in shape, capable of seating 40,000 spectators. It is divided into three tiers, and measures 130 meters long and 120 meters wide. Here were held the great Olympic games and fights between gladiators and wild beasts.


The Street Of Sallustius

The street of Sallustius is one of the principal streets situated in the center of the inhabited quarter. It is paved and has broad side-paths. In this street the house of Slalastius is famous for its large mural of Diana and Atinas.

The Civil Forum

About The Forum

The Forum is a large rectangular square that was once used for public elections. It is completely paved with marble and three sides are closed with porticoes supported by a double row of Doric and Ionic columns. Many statues embellish the inside.

Porticoes Of The Temple Of Apollo

The porticoes surrounding The Temple of Apollo are made up of 48 columns, and the cells on the podium are surrounded by Corinthian columns.

Mercury's Road

The Arch Of Caligula

Mercury's Road starts with the arch of Caligula from what remains of a bronze equestrian statue, and finishes with a tower of walls.

The House Of The Vetti

Preserved Among The Ruins

The House of the Vetti is a magnificent building among those in the best state of preservation. Rich decorations representing the better known mythological subjects, and by the best artists of those times, can be admired in it. There are 18 Corinthian columns in the peristyle. Well preserved marble and bronze statues are in the garden kept up in the old style, where the fountains are still playing. Kitchen utensils and two bronze safes are still in good state of preservation.

Pompeii Italy In Pictures

The Last Word

The purpose of this page is to educate and inspire an interest in history.

Pompeii - Buried Alive

Have you ever been to Pompeii?

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      caffimages 5 years ago

      I can't travel, so this peek into Pompei is great. Thanks!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This lens is great enough to cross the border without a push. :) Thanks and good day!

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      ltraider 6 years ago

      Wow 20 likes. Well done:)

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      dismantlerepair 7 years ago

      I remember visiting the site about 10 years ago whilst still at school and didn't really pay much attention but this lens brings back those memories and made me want to read on. Well done *liked*

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      malloryjane 7 years ago

      I visited Pompeii in 2006, but did not know much of the history. Still it was a very interesting day trip, I would definitely be interested in re-visiting after reading this lens. Will forward it to my friends who are currently backpacking in Europe!

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      Paula Morgan 7 years ago from Sydney Australia

      I spent a full day at Pompeii earlier this year and really wish I had read your page first. It was fascinating and sad at the same time Great resource for anyone planning a day here.

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      missbat 7 years ago

      Pompei truly is fascinating, frozen in time. A horrific event that caused it, but a lesson from history for the present. Great lens!

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      WindyWintersHubs 8 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Wonderful Lens on Pompei. I didn't realize there was so many ruins to see. Would love to visit one day. :)

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      Holley Web 8 years ago

      I have always wanted to visit these ruins. You have just given even more reason to go now. An absolutely stunning lens!

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      grannysage 8 years ago

      When I was a child, my dad would read me bedtime stories. Unlike my mother’s stories, usually the Wizard of Oz, he would always tell me true stories he found in his magazines. I remember him telling me about and showing me pictures of Pompeii. It gives me goose bumps even today. Very nice pictures.

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      Sherry Venegas 8 years ago from La Verne, CA

      I enjoyed my revisit. Thank you!

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      Carol Fisher 8 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      I went to Pompeii many years ago when visiting my husband's family in Naples. It is truly an amazing place and if you visit Italy make sure you get down south to Pompeii.

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      Terry Boroff (flipflopnana) 8 years ago from FL

      I always love to learn about the history of an area. Nice work!

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      kimmanleyort 8 years ago

      Very interesting history of Pompei. Thanks for creating this lens.

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      drifter0658 lm 8 years ago

      Simply beautiful. Pompeii was a powerhouse of a coastal city. Most of the rRoman empire got its tanned leather goods from Pompeii. Now, why would I know that?