Ancient Pompeii

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The people of ancient Pompeii had no idea they would become part of history for having a world famous volcanic eruption. Even though the rich lived differently than the poor, in the city of Pompeii, Mount Vesuvius did not discriminate against any of its citizens. When Mount Vesuvius erupted, no one in its path survived. In the twenty feet of ash and debris, the artifacts were perfectly preserved until they were discovered in the mid 1700s. Compared to other ancient cities, Pompeii was very advanced. Pompeii was divided with walled blocks called insulae. The town had homes, apartments, and shops. Some insulae could have twelve homes. In the city there was a Forum. The Forum was a government center of business, law and religion. Pompeii 's meeting…show more content…
In the city for many years, the people of Pompeii did not know that that Mount Vesuvius (the volcano) would erupt. Even seeing smoke coming out of the volcano they still did not know what the future would hold. When Mount Vesuvius was erupting, every second 1.5 million tons of ashes and rocks shot out of the volcano. Rocks that would shoot out of the volcano would reach about twenty miles high. Researchers estimated that 1,600 people died during Vesuvius 's eruption. When Mount Vesuvius erupted, Pompeii was buried in twenty feet of ash and debris. Because of the ash, the artifacts were perfectly preserved until they were discovered in the mid 1700’s. After the eruption and when the people were discovering Pompeii, they found thirty- three bakeries. In one of the bakeries, there was an oven that still had bread in it. They found a dog with it’s collar still on and a couple that were hugging when the lava was covering them. The discoverers found mostly everything that was in Pompeii. The volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius was an amazing and terrible event. The eruption was amazing because Pompeii was barely known years before Mount Vesuvius erupted. The event was terrible because of all the deaths that happened in 79 A.D. History was transformed after the eruption in
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