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20 December 2006 @ 01:06 am
pompeii, italy  

the forum at pompeii

the town of pompeii was a prosperous city under the rule of the roman empire. it sits at the base of a volcano that was, at the time, thought to be inactive. mount vesuvius erupted in 79 AD burying the city in layers of volcanic rock and ash for over a thousand years.

some of the ruins of the city

it lay forgotten until 1599 when an architect by the name of fontana accidentally discovered the buried remains of pompeii and it's neighbor, herculaneum. when the towns were finally excavated in 1748 the crew unearthed a city incredibly intact.

plaster casts of people killed by the eruption

walls were found still standing. art was still proudly displayed in the homes of the people of pompeii. and in a layer of volcanic ash were the preserved outlines of the citizens who perished in the tragedy.

since it's first excavation the lost city of pompeii has become a constant source of information about the inner workings of a typical roman city. it continues to be one of the most popular tourist attractions in italy.

this tragedy being so popular there is a wealth of information on the internet...
here are a few of the more interesting sites:
the pompeii page on wikipedia
a virtual tour of pompeii
archival photographs of the ruins
comearoundruby on December 20th, 2006 04:12 pm (UTC)
it's quite worth - in my mind - doing some reading into herculaneum particularly. it was widely believed that everyone escaped, widely believed until recently (20 or so years ago) at least, when they uncovered some boathouses near the sea.

i love-love-love the last link by the way!
devourthesun on December 20th, 2006 08:31 pm (UTC)
herculaneum is even tons better (for visiting and such) than pompeii
rumpledblanket on December 21st, 2006 12:39 am (UTC)
i will look into herculaneum... i was going to research more about it last night but i got tired... wading through pictures and tours of pompeii. i used to be so much more interested in ancient rome and greece. kind of like visiting an old friend.
devourthesun on December 20th, 2006 08:29 pm (UTC)
I was going to post this too :)
One of my favourite places to visit and take guests growing up
rumpledblanket on December 21st, 2006 12:40 am (UTC)
perhaps you could post about herculaneum?
Ketty Robinson on December 28th, 2010 06:02 am (UTC)
Nice one!!!
Pompeii is an amazing historical landmark. Its been year since I visited there, but the impression is still alive. The restored ruins are amusing for their story frozen in the bricks and the casts of bodies, which recall the loss of the port city back to life. I think everyone should go and experience this incredible city. Pompeii Italy (http://www.europevoyage.net/pompeii-tours.html)