Pompeii was a Roman city. On 24 August, 79 AD, a volcano called Mount Vesuvius erupted and destroyed the city and its people. Pompeii is now considered one of the world's most important historical sites as the way the volcanic ash preserved the city and its people gives historians and archaeologist a vivid picture of life in the Roman Empire around 2,000 years ago.
Pompeii today[change | edit source]
Pompeii is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Graffiti has been found from before the volcano erupted. People often wrote on walls, and archaeologists have been able to read some of what they wrote. Pompeii today is an interesting attraction for tourists from around the world.
References[change | edit source]
- "Archaeological Areas of Pompei, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata". UNESCO. http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/829. Retrieved 2011-04-02.
- Wallace-Hadrill, Andrew (2011-03-29). "Pompeii: Portents of Disaster". BBC. http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/romans/pompeii_portents_01.shtml. Retrieved 2011-04-02.
- "The Destruction of Pompeii, 79 AD". EyeWitness to History. 1999. http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/pompeii.htm. Retrieved 2011-04-02.
- "Uncovering the Graffiti of Pompeii :: Washington and Lee University". wlu.edu. 2011 [last update]. http://www.wlu.edu/x34628.xml. Retrieved May 5, 2011. "archaeol"