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The History of Pompeii and its Volcanic Eruption

By Edward Whelan, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom The Roman city of Pompeii was famously destroyed in 79 A.D by an eruption of the volcano Vesuvius, which buried it beneath feet of ash and pumice. However, while the volcano ruined Pompeii, it also, perhaps ironically, preserved it for posterity. Today the city is arguably one of

The Pompeii Mosaics: A Rare Look into Roman Life

By Jocelyn Hitchcock, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom The Pompeii Mosaics: The Volcano Erupts For nearly 2000 years Pompeii and its destruction has captivated the minds of historians, archaeologists, and tourists alike. Although lost beneath rubble until rediscovered in 1748, writings from Pliny the Younger clued us in to a massive volcanic eruption that shook the

The Only Library Ever Recovered from Antiquity

By Wu Mingren, Contributing writer, Ancient Origins The Villa of the Papyri is the name given to a private house that was uncovered in the ancient Roman city of Herculaneum. This city, along with nearby Pompeii, is perhaps best remembered for its destruction during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Because of this