Why this subject should be explored?

This subject should be explored because the life style was different, the way the art and artifacts represent what was going on in the city, and how the people reacted to the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.
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This city is about 300 km southeast of Rome, the capital of Italy.


This ancient city has been buried under rock for centuries. It is famous for being one, destroyed by Mount Vesuvius and two, being rediscovered in the 1700's.

This city has many structures that have been uncovered by the archaeologists. Pompeii had bakeries, blacksmiths, and markets. The markets sell things such as olives, olive oil, cherries, and even wild animals to use for the entertainment of this city.

The art and artifacts

All the artifacts found in Pompeii are interesting. The ash that covered them were from any where of 12 to 18 feet deep. All living things were preserved in the pumice and ash that poured down the mountain at a speed of around 70 to 100 mi/h, and it covered everything in its path.

The art and artifacts of Pompeii will teach us about what Roman life was like. All the art has a representation of something. The artifacts tell us how the people have acted in the last seconds of their dying lives and gives us a sense of sensitivity to the lifeless statues.

In about the 1700's the city was rediscovered and this ancient city has been a tourist attraction ever sense then.

The Eruption

The eruption of Mount Vesuvius was a viscous eruption. It caused damage to everything in the city. The people tried to take cover or run. The luck ones got away in time before the pumice and ash came rolling down the hill. In 62 A.D. there was a devastating earthquake that struck the city and this earthquake was a warning to is what to come.

There was about 2,000 people who have died that one day. The city was covered from top to bottom with hot rock, pumice and ash, which was somewhere around 1000 degrees (Fahrenheit) in temperature. The eruption last around 24 hours.