Ancient Roman Civilisation : Pompeii

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Ancient Rome Pompeii One of the most significant proofs of the Ancient Roman Civilisation is Pompeii. Ever since the Ancient Greeks settled in the area in the 8th century B.C, the region around Mount Vesuvius and the Bay of Naples attracted wealthy vacationers (A + E Networks). By the first Century A.D, the town of Pompeii, which was located 5 miles from the mountain was one of Rome’s most prosperous resorts for most distinguished citizens. Exquisite houses and villas lined the paved streets. It was the 24th of August 79 A.D when Vesuvius erupted. The volcano spurted a thick layer of volcanic ash, which became a large extent of molten ash and pumice into the air. Molten debris covered the area suffocating inhabitants. On the eve of that fateful night was an estimated 20 000 people living in Pompeii. What ought to be once a thriving, sophisticated Roman city, fell in to ruins. Rome’s buildings and communities were covered more than three metres deep. (Darlington. R). More than 2000 people died in the catastrophic disaster (A+E Networks), and the city was abandoned for more than 1700 years. A group of pioneers excavated the site in 1748 (A+E Networks), finding buildings, artefacts and skeletons left behind. Up to today the ruins of Pompeii have always held visitors spellbound. Many who travel explore the place and examine traces of the columns and arches erected by the Roman Emperors, buildings such as the Colosseum and the remains of Roman Forum. The ruins of Pompeii is like
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