What is Pompeii?

By: Yajaira Ayala

When did it occur?

It erupted 79A.D August 24th and 25th and buried Pompeii and Herculaneum. It aslo damaged houses in far away places.

Who was involved

The people of Poempeii and people from near towns were involved in the explosion, not because they made it erupt but because they were the ones that suffered. About 20,000 people were burned by the ash that the volcanoe realesed.

What was the town like before the explosion?

The town was a flourishing resort for Rome’s most distinguished citizens. It had elegant horses and elaborate villas. Scholars estimate that there were about 20,000 people living in Pompeii and the surrounding region.

Name and description of volcano?

The name of the Poempii volcano is called Mount Vesuvius which is a stratovolcano in the Gulf of Naples. Mount Vesuvius is one of the world's most dangerous volcanoes. The volcano has an eruption cycle of about 20 years, but the last eruption was in 1944.

Pliny the Younger's description

"Its general appearance can best be expressed as being like an umbrella pine, for it rose to a great height on a sort of trunk and then split off into two branches, I imagine because it was thrust upward by the first blast and then left unsupported as the pressure subsided, or else it was borne down by its own weight so that it spread out and gradually dispersed. Sometimes it looked white, sometimes blotched and dirty, according to the amount of soil and ashes it carried with it."

Supplies used to explore Pompeii and excavate the site in the past?

Shovels (digging) were used to help excavate the Poempeii area. Archaeologist, Giuseppe Fiorelli, was appointed director of excavations. Clearance of entire areas of the town followed, in order to understand layout, form, and character. It was Fiorelli who devised the method by which the famous bodies of Pompeii were recovered.

Who and when Pompeii was discovered?

The town was founded in the seventh or sixth century BC and was founded by the Romans.

Survivers of Pompeii explosion?

By the time the Vesuvius eruption spotted to an end the next day, Pompeii was buried under millions of tons of volcanic ash. About 2,000 people were dead. Some people drifted back to town in search of lost relatives or belongings, but there was not much left to find. Pompeii, along with the smaller neighboring towns of Stabiae and Herculaneum, was abandoned for centuries.



The Lost City of Pompeii