Pompeii and Herculaneum

Key points

  • On 24 August 79 AD Mt Vesuvius erupted.
  • 17 year-old Pliny the Younger was an eyewitness to the eruption.
  • Pompeii and Herculaneum were buried in pumice and ash for over 1500 years.
  • The terrible tragedy preserved detailed insights into ancient Roman life.
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Pompeii and Mt Versuvius


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….darkness came…like the black of closed and unlighted rooms. You could hear women lamenting, children crying, men shouting. Pliny the Younger


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