Unparalleled in history, the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 BCE cast the daily life of two flourishing Roman cities commercial Pompeii and residential Herculaneum in ashes and mud.
In his letters to Tacitus, Pliny the Younger wrote : ‘Soon we once again saw the daylight, even the sun, but all was as gloomy as during an eclipse. Everything was changed before our eyes. Layers of ash covered every object like a fresh coat of snow.' Pompeii was covered by seven metres of ashes and lapillus (lava fragments), while Herculaneum disappeared under between 15 and 25 metres of volcanic mud.
Products of a tragic destiny, the two cities rediscovered in the 18th century are a unique, intact testimony to life during the Roman empire. Most of the frescoes, statues, and objects from daily life have been transferred to the Archaeology Museum of Naples.
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