Essay on Mount Vesuvius : Pompeii, Pompeii

714 Words 3 Pages
Jami Norton
January 5th, 2014
Longley
Archaeological Project
Mount Vesuvius: Pompeii On August 24, in the year 79 A.D., the Vesuvius volcano erupted suddenly in southern Italy. Rock and ash covered the urbanized city of 25,000: Pompeii. The Roman colony was just recovering from a bad earthquake in 62 A.D. Mount Vesuvius had erupted more than 50 times before. 25 hours of pumice, rock, and ash being pumped out of the volcano and onto the vulnerable, unknowing town of Pompeii. About 2,000 people were killed in this eruption. The dust “poured across the land” like a flood one witness wrote. Little did they know an even more powerful eruption would occur the next day, on August 25th. This more intense eruption killed anything in its path. The estimated amount of total deaths was about 13,000. Pompeii was left alone and secluded for about 2,000 years after the traumatic eruption. Pompeii traces back to the 8th century B.C. The region of Mount Vesuvius and the Bay of Naples attracted tourists. Sometime around 80 B.C., Pompeii’s amphitheater was built and turned into one of the most popular things to do in the city. It is the earliest ever built amphitheater. Some of the more wealthy residents were more into fashion and beauty. Typically women throughout Rome wore a stola which was a dress that was draped over a woman and pinned. The main way women expressed beauty was by wearing makeup and wearing their hair nice all of the time. It was an attractive…

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