Volcanic Tragedies In Pompeii

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The ancient Roman town-city of Pompeii was located near modern day Naples in the Italian region of Campania. Pompeii, Herculaneum and many other surrounding villages were almost completely destroyed and buried under 20 feet of ash and pumice in the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. The disaster demolished the city, killing its inhabitants and burying it almost completely. Before the disaster, Pompeii was not a town that was well known, but it did flourish. It is believed that it was founded by the Etruscans in the late seventh or early sixth century BC. They had a formal society, with structure to their government, but it is rarely mentioned in historical texts for anything other than the tragedies that occurred there. The town did have important and modern qualities to it though, which ensures that they were invested on being successful. Key qualities such as an amphitheatre, a theatre complex, and an aqueduct that brought running water into the city through a complex system of lead pipes. Before the incident regarding the volcanic…show more content…
The majority of casts from the studies show intact corpses attempting to shield their faces; on the other hand, the number of partly or fully dismembered corpses in this section is relatively small. Interestingly, with further research done on these bodies, it has been found that their bones did not burn. Instead their bodies were encased inside a plaster like shell (Luongo,18). The only damage that was done to their skeletal frame was minor skull fractures. Most of the body casts are stretched with their faces to the ground and both hands in front of the face in an obvious protective position, whereas few of the others lay on their backs in a fetal position. It is difficult to tell the sex of the corpse, but through studies it has shown that more women died than men, and about the same number of children died that
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