It's a typical
summer day in the beautiful city of Pompeii in the year 79 A.D. The
main street is packed with people -- women swishing by in long
robes, men in tunics, children with leather sandals that slap
against the hot stone streets.
Vendors shout for your attention, offering you slices of juicy melons or sizzling hunks of roasted meats. From the shoulder of a shopkeeper, a parrot squawks "salve!" -- hello in Latin, the language of the Roman Empire.
You're surprised by how modern this city seems. It has a library, theaters, and grand temples. There are shops and restaurants and a market where you can taste dozens of delicacies, from sweet dates and figs to fattened roasted mice stuffed with nuts and rose petals. Beautiful marble and bronze show more content
In the weeks that follow, people return to Pompeiito search for survivors.
There are none.
In fact, the entire city seems to have vanished. Pompeii is buried under 12 feet of rock. Within a few decades, Pompeii is all but forgotten, wiped off the face of the Earth.
A Vanished World
You survived your day in Pompeii. You are one of the lucky few who made it far enough away from the city to escape being crushed. But before you go home, let's take one more trip, to Pompeii today. The ruins lie near the city of Naples, in southern Italy. For nearly 1,700 years, Pompeii was forgotten. It was rediscovered in 1748 and has been studied ever since.
The layers of pumice and ash that fell on Pompeii formed a shell over the city, preserving it as a time capsule of Roman life. Archaeologists have unearthed dazzling treasures, like jewels, mosaic artwork, and statues. They even found a basket of petrified eggs and the remains of a bowl of chicken soup.
As you walk through the ruins of Pompeii, you can admire the remnants of houses, shops, and temples. You can almost hear the voices of the citizens. And you can see Mount Vesuvius. It is silent and still.
But don't be
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