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View of the entrance to the ruins of Pompeii, Italy, with unexcavated hills and Mount Vesuvius in the background

Click on above photo to view it in large format: Entrance to the ruins of Pompeii, Italy, beyond which lie hills where more ruins await excavation and Mount Vesuvius, which blew...

Tombs in the Necropolis at Porta Nocera in Pompeii, one of seven burial areas found in the town that was buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD

Click on above photo to view it in large format: Tombs in the Necropolis at Porta Nocera in Pompeii, one of seven burial areas found in the town that was buried...

The House of Caecilius Jucundu at Pompeii, partially destroyed by the eruption of 79 AD, was owned by a banker. Bank bookkeeping records and receipts on wax tablets were found in the home

Click on above photo to view it in large format: The House of Caecilius Jucundu at Pompeii, partially destroyed by the eruption of 79 AD, was owned by a banker. Bank...

After using the hot and warm baths, bathers finished with a dip in the cold pool in this Frigidarium at the Stabian Baths in Pompeii

Click on above photo to view it in large format: After using the hot and warm baths, visitors to the Stabian Baths in Pompeii finished with a dip in the cold...

Frescoes in the Villa dei Misteri at Pompeii is notable for the extensive frescoes that survived the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Though their purpose has been hotly debated, the consensus is that they were used to instruct young women about to be married

Click on above photo to view it in large format: Frescoes in the Villa dei Misteri at Pompeii are among the most notable that survived the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in...

Most structures in Pompeii lost their roofs and second stories from the sheer weight of the ash that fell

My first view of the ruins of Pompeii did not inspire awe or wonderment. Instead, and quite unexpectedly, I was perplexed. A few days earlier I had visited Herculaneum, the ancient...