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The History of Pompeii
Pompeii was an ancient Roman city unearthed in Campania, Italy, about 14 miles southeast of Naples. It sits at the foot of Mount Vesuvius, a now-dormant volcano that was responsible for its devastation in 79AD.
Pompeii is considered to be one of the world’s most important archaeological sites. The volcanic ash actually preserved the city and its people for thousands of years. As a result, historians today can better understand what life was like during the Roman Empire more than 2,000 years ago.
The town was established around 600 BC by a group of people from central Italy, called the Osci. In less than 200 years Pompeii had fallen under Roman rule, leading to many improvements including the construction of Aqueducts that provided citizens with a fresh water supply. Before the violent eruption of Mount Vesuvius, Pompeii was a beautiful and wealthy city, with a population of over 11,000 people. Many Romans even used it as a vacation destination.
The Destruction of Pompeii
On August 24, 79AD, volcanic debris began raining down on Pompeii, quickly covering the city to a depth of more than 9 feet and caving in the roofs of many homes. A wall of hot gas reached the city walls while even more ash and debris followed. The remainder of the city would be preserved under a layer of pumice and ash up to 23 feet deep, where it would remain protected for the next 17 centuries from vandalism, looting, and destruction.
Today, Pompeii is open to the public. It is visited by 2.5 million tourists every year. Visitors can see what remains of the artwork-adorned villas and gardens. An amphitheatre stands tall on the eastern edge of the city, where gladiators once battled for entertainment—evidence of a thriving metropolis and a life of luxury, up until that fateful day when Mount Vesuvius came alive.