The Roman city of Pompeii was completely destroyed during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, probably in the fall of 79 AD along with the neighboring Herculaneum, Stabiae, Oplontis and many magnificent and rich villas in an area that had become a kind of popular resort for wealthy Romans. Buried all of them for centuries under thick layers of volcanic debris they offer us a fantastic window to the past.
That small world collapsed completely in about 48 hours. The population was caught by surprise and unaware of the impending risk, as the series of earthquakes that preceded the eruption were not considered unusual in the region. But when the first big explosion came, there could be no doubt. Complete confusion and total chaos must have ensued. Some people ran succesfully for their lives, some other ones did not, as proved by the the human remains found.
It was not until very late in the sixteenth century that the ancient cities were redescovered. Today they are a major tourist attraction.
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