THE INTRIGUE OF POMPEII

▲Kathy Kiefer

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THE INTRIGUE OF POMPEII

pompei035What is so fascinating with the ancient city Pompeii?   What is it about the archaeological ruins and site that is so intriguing? What can be learned from this lovely place?

The city of Pompeii was an ancient Roman town-city near modern Naples in the Italian region of Campania, in the territory of the commune of Pompei. Pompeii, along with Herculaneum and many villas in the surrounding area, was mostly destroyed and buried under 4 to 6 m (13 to 20 ft) of ash and pumice in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.

Researchers believe that the town was founded in the seventh or sixth century BC by the Osci or Oscans. It came under the domination of Rome in the 4th century BC, and was conquered and became a Roman colony in 80 BC after it joined an unsuccessful rebellion against the Roman Republic. By the…

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