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Pompeii is a partially buried Roman town-city near modern Naples in the Italian region of Campania, in the territory of the comune of Pompei. Along with Herculaneum, its sister city, Pompeii was destroyed and completely buried during a long catastrophic eruption of the volcano Mount Vesuvius spanning two days in 79 AD (See depiction at left) . The eruption buried Pompeii under 4 to 6 meters of ash and pumice, and it was lost for over 1,500 years before its accidental rediscovery in 1599. Since then, its excavation has provided an extraordinarily detailed insight into the life of a city at the height of the Roman Empire.

Naples Harbor

Bay of Naples

North Central Pompeii

Entrance to Pompeii

Pompeii Forum

Abstract Walls of Pompeii

Pompeii Street

Pompeii Water Basins

Pompeiian Arches

Pompeiian Bordello Entrance

Pompeii Beneath the Mountain

Pompeii Victim

Overcome while he slept

Keeping an eye on Naples


Edge of the City

Home Yard

Main Street

Government building

From the street

Water spout

Vesuvius from the Ship