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Pompeii At The Time Of The Eruption
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Pompeii at the Time Of the Eruption

We all know that city called Pompeii that disappeared under a river of lava in 79 D.C. in Italy.

Pompeii is one of the most significant witness of the roman civilization and it’s presented as an open book on the costume, culture, art, jobs and on the daily life of the Romans. It remained underground for 1700 years. The excavations started in 1748 with Carlo III di Borbone and after 100 years it was possible to view the entire map of the city. It was 24000 acres and had a population of 20.000 people.

Pompeii when Mount Vesuvius erupted was of the most active and beautiful Roman centres and it stopped forever. The thick layer of eruptive material that sank the city, it was mainly ashes and lapillus, and made possible that the City came to our days as it was never destroyed, just covered . It was possible to see inside the houses or shops, showing the daily life of the Pompeian’s. A beautiful scenario came out. The technique used with the dead bodies and objects was filling mold with chalk. So it came out that the real death was caused by the inhalation of harmful gases that came out of the volcano. Then later everything was covered by ashes and lapillus.

In one of the picture there is a dog still with the chain and women and kids, getting some sleep. Yes it happened in the night. They found many of these bodies and so make you think that they didn’t even find the time to escape, without even noticing what was happening.

It has been possible to identity their diets. So the Romans at dawn were used to have an abundant breakfast based on meat. Then at noon a light lunch: fish, eggs, pulses and fruit. Later on around 4 o clock they were going back home to have dinner. Dinner was the main meal of the day. I would call a feast because they were organizing dinner with friends, musicians, jugglers, dancers. We know this because Plino a writer of this time wrote it in his book. They were lying down during the dinner in these weird chairs, where your back is straight and your legs are in a horizontal position.

The dinner started with a starter made with eggs, lettuce, oysters with a wine and honey sauce; followed by two-three courses of any sort of meat. To finish the dinner: fruit and desserts. Of course let s not forget all the wine they were drinking. Many times orgies were following up these big dinners. So you can see the prosperity of Pompeii.

Some Christians said that God punished this city because it was such a sinful city or maybe just Mother Earth.


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Hm. Pompeii at the time of the eruption - interesting article. Thanks.

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  about 5 years ago

really interesting!

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  about 5 years ago
C4rmen  

Pompeii is so fascinating. A city paused in time. I would love to visit one day. Thanks for writing about the place.

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  about 5 years ago
Joan S  

Hi Sarah. I visited Pompeii several years ago, and was intrigued by how it looked as if people were stopped in their tracks by molten lava. It was scary and sad, very apparent that it was an affluent society, and yes, somewhat decadent. I mean that as an observation and not criticism. It also seemed quite advanced. Love your article.

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  about 5 years ago
Barbara9  

fantastic article. i love history

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  about 5 years ago

Roman history is so interesting!!

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  about 5 years ago

Very interesting Sarahesposito ... Got to visit Pompeii while in the Navy in early 70's...was amaized at some of the things they had accomplished during that time period..

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  about 5 years ago

I love Pompeii too, in a month I will be in Naples to visit it!

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  about 5 years ago

Great article SARAHESPOSITO. You're describing the diet and entertainment of the Patrician class, i.e., the millionaires. The lower classes ate a lot more basic.....lots of bread, pork, and fresh fruits and vegetables were also usually available, at least in the more temperate climes. Romans also understood that if they sipped vinegar on a daily basis, they could use that in lieu of fresh fruits and vegetables (vinegar is full of Vitamin C, so it wards off scurvy). Of course, everyone was drinking wine of various quality. As for Mt. Vesuvius, it didn't just erupt.....the whole top of the mountain blew up!

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  about 5 years ago

Ahah that s right! Thanks for the comment, I live very close to the MT Vesuvius, it´s a terrible boy!!!

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  about 5 years ago

I hope Mt. Vesuvius does not give you any more trouble! I was in Rome several years back, it was beautiful. I'm into the ancient stuff, so it was the place to be for me. I also took the fast train down to Naples. I wanted to get over to Pompeii and Ostia but unfortunately I wasn't able to.

  
  about 5 years ago
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