Bodies From The Ash: Life And Death In Ancient Pompeii
- Number of Pages: 64
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In ancient times, Pompeii was one in the greatest cities in the Roman Empire. But Vesuvius was a volcano. Digging crews expected to find buildings and jewelry and other treasures, but they found something unexpected, too: the imprints of lost Pompeiians, their deaths captured as if by photographic pictures in volcanic ash. And on the morning of August 24, A. D. 79, Vesuvius began to erupt. Within twenty-four hours, the whole city of Pompeii— and many of its citizens— had been utterly annihilated. Its 20,000 inhabitants lived inside the shadow of Vesuvius, which they believed was nothing much more than a mountain. It was not till hundreds of years later that Pompeii saw daylight again, as archaeological excavations started to unearth what had been buried under layers of volcanic rubble.
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