Why is Pompeii referred to as the lost city?

Question:

Why is Pompeii referred to as the lost city?

Devastating Disaster:

The destruction of the ancient city of Pompeii in 79 A.D. was caused by the eruption of a volcano called Mount Vesuvius. It buried the city for many years under layers of ash.

Answer and Explanation:

Pompeii is referred to as the ''lost city'' because no one knew the extent of how much it was buried until it was discovered in 1748. People knew it had been destroyed thanks to the letters of Pliny the Younger, but no one knew people, frozen in the midst of a normal day, were buried under the ash until it was re-discovered centuries after the disaster.


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Pompeii Lesson for Kids Facts & History
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