Why was Pompeii built?


Why was Pompeii built?


The ancient Roman city of Pompeii in the Campania region of Italy is best known for its destruction and burial from ash in the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD. Many of the features of Pompeii along with the town of Herculaneum were preserved under the ash for further modern study of Roman life.

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Pompeii was built as a collection of five towns in the eighth century BC by the Oscan peoples. Around 740 BC, the area was visited, influenced and...

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Daily Life in Pompeii & Herculaneum
Daily Life in Pompeii & Herculaneum


Chapter 1 / Lesson 6

The ancient cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum were tragically destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. In this lesson, discover how archaeologists make sense of the Roman way of life from evidence found at the sites, and explore the daily life of an ancient Pompeiian.

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