Pompeii: Frozen In Time The Tragic Eruption Of Mount Vesuvius by Cheryl LeonardOver 2000 years ago, the Mount Vesuvius volcano towered 6000 ft. high, being close to the Bay of Naples, it erupted with a powerful explosive force, resulting in the destruction of the cities of Pompeii, along with her sister city, Herculaneum and Stabiae, buried in a pile of volcanic ash , pumice , and molten rock. Notable powerful men in the Roman empire, Julius Caesar, and emperors Augustus and Tiberius owned homes in the seaside resort town of Stabiae. After the initial eruption had ceased, a massive pyroclastic flow cascaded down its slopes toward Herculaneum , causing death and devastation instantaneously to all in its path. In a period of slightly over 24 hours, the entire cities were buried in ash and debris, to be lost to the world for centuries.
Pompeii is the world’s largest archaeological and excavation site comprising 150 acres, being well preserved in a suspended time capsule of memorable events in the lives of its citizens. This book is an introduction into the city’s origins, the daily activities of the people, details of the Vesuvius eruption, excavations and discoveries, and future restoration plans for modern day Pompeii. Today, over three million people reside in the immediate vicinity of Mount Vesuvius, one of the world’s most dangerous volcanoes.
Pompeii: 12 Amazing Facts About an Ancient City Frozen in Time
Visiting Pompeii: The Roman city frozen in time
Although there is still some debate about the exact day of the tragedy i. Around 1 pm, the top of the fabled Volcano exploded and, along with Herculaneum , Oplontis and Stabiae , the Roman port city of Pompeii was mostly destroyed and buried under thick layers of ash. Thousands of people suffered a horrible death; paved streets, villas, temples and priceless treasures disappeared for centuries until uncovered by accident in This is the story of Pompeii, the sin city frozen in time, one of the most prosperous urban centres of the Roman Empire. Researchers believe that Pompeii was founded around the 8th—6th century BC by the Oscans , on what was an important crossroads between Cumae , Nola and Stabiae ; over the next seven centuries, it fell to the ancient Greeks , the Etruscans and the Samnites , before becoming a Roman colony in 80 BC.
People of Pompeii, a Roman city, were in their death throes when a cloud of gas from the volcano enveloped them, killing them. The gas was degrees centigrade degrees F. Clearly, from the expressions of their faces and their bodily contortions they were caught by surprise when the ash cloud finally consumed them. An article on ANSA. Teeth protrude from lips stretched from pain.
All rights reserved., Just a day later, thousands of people has been killed and the whole city was buried under a blanket of volcanic ash 25 metres deep, forgotten until it was unearthed by explorers years later. From our base in Sorrento , we took the train to Pompeii Scavi, one of the three entrances to the ruins see below for details of how to get to the archaeological site.
The Romans honored their god of fire on the 23rd of August each year. The eruption of Vesuvius began on Aug. Residents of Pompeii and nearby Herculaneum who decided to stay put rather than flee met their ends when a blast of ash and noxious gases barreled over the city walls at over miles per hour, killing every living thing in its path. Ash from Vesuvius continued to fall over the cities until they were completely covered in layers of debris that consumed all but the tallest buildings. Ironically, although the blast destroyed Pompeii and Herculaneum, it also perfectly preserved them. The cities and their citizens remained exactly as they had that summer day in 79 A.