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Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Mt. Vesuvius

The 79 A.D. eruption of Mount Vesuvius on August 24, (according to Pliny's dates based on the calendar then in service, but not adjusted to subsequent calendar changes) caused Herculaneum and Pompeii to be covered with ash, thereby preserving a sample of daily life for archaeologists to uncover.
  1. Villa of the Papyri (2)

Mt. Vesuvius
This is a glossary entry on Mt. Vesuvius, the Campanian volcano whose eruption in A.D. 79 destroyed the towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Also see the more detailed profile on Mt. Vesuvius.

Pompeii photo gallery showing houses and other structures or characteristic artwork.

A Day in Pompeii
An exhibit of artifacts from Pompeii called A Day in Pompeii that is spending two years traveling to 4 U.S. cities, includes more than 250 artifacts, including wall-sized frescoes, gold coins, jewelry, grave goods, marble and bronze statuary.

Here are some of the terms used in Doctor Who in the episode about ancient...
Doctor Who, the British science fiction series about a time traveler, features an episode where the Doctor and his companion wind up at Pompeii on volcano day. Here are some of the terms used on the episode that are connected with Roman history and classical culture.

"Pompeii," by Robert Harris - Review
Pompeii, by Robert Harris, is a retelling of the volcanic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius from the perspective of an ancient aqueduct engineer.

A Gallery of Photos of the Ruins of Pompeii
Pompeii has attracted visitors since it was unearthed. While it is being re-destroyed, it still offers a rare glimpse of ancient life and so draws its share of photographers. Here are some of the collections of photos of the ruins of Pompeii on this site.

An Introduction to Wall Inscriptions from Pompeii and Herculaneum
An Introduction to Wall Inscriptions from Pompeii and Herculaneum, by Rex Wallace, tells you how to read the ancient graffiti from Pompeii.

Brothel Pictures From Pompeii
Photos taken in Pompeii of the frescoes decorating the walls in front of the brothel (lupanar) and the individual rooms.

The artistic painting technique of making frescoes on ancient Roman walls.

House of the Stags
The House of the Stags (or Deer) is one of the famous houses in Herculaneum that is known for its statues.

Naples Secret Room Erotic Art
When Mt. Vesuvius erupted on August 24, 79 A.D., it preserved for posterity clear evidence of daily life. The Naples Archaeological Museum features many such artifacts, including those kept in a so-called secret room. For two hundred years, access was denied the public, but now visitors can look at and even photograph the erotic artwork, as did James Martin.

Opus Craticium
Opus Craticium is a low-cost, Roman wall construction method.

Pompeii - Pliny the Elder at Pompeii
Pliny the Younger recalls the events of his uncle and adoptive father Pliny the Elder at Pompeii when Mt. Vesuvius erupted.

Pompeii Pictures
Photographs of Pompeii from the Europe for Visitors Guide.

Karl Weber
Swiss engineer and architect Karl Weber produced remarkably detailed drawings of the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneam during the late 18th century.

Ancient Reconstruction of the Pompeii Forum
Reconstruction ideas on Pompeii focusing on the fact that before the 79 A.D. eruption of Mt. Vesuvias, there had been an earlier one, in 62, after which the city of Pompeii had either been substantially rebuilt or left in disrepair.

History of Plumbing
Explains the relationship between plumbing, Mount Vesuvius, and the buried cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Unguided Tour of Pompeii
By Richard Frankel. Click on map to see remains after a century and a half of looting. Includes photos of the House of the dead dog, Temple of Augustan Fortune, Palæstra, and skull storage.

Volcanic Phenomena at Pompeii
A brief chronology of the A.D. 79 eruption of Vesuvius.

What Did the Eruption Look Like?
Spectacular animation of the plinian (named after the Roman soldier who died trying to rescue people at Pompeii) stage of a volcano. From Harcourt Brace (textbooks).

Mount Vesuvius
Mt. Vesuvius is a volcano in Campania, near Naples, Italy, whose eruption in A.D. 79 destroyed Pompeii and Herculaneum.

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