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PHOTO: House of Caecilius Jucundu at Pompeii, Italy

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 bookkeeping records and receipts on wax tablets were found in the excavated ruins.

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PHOTO: Frigidarium of the Stabian Baths in Pompeii, Italy

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 pool in this Frigidarium. The room is circular with four semi-circular niches. The walls were decorated with garden scenes and the domed…

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PHOTO: Frescoes in the Villa dei Misteri at Pompeii, Italy

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 79 AD. Though their purpose has been hotly debated, informational literature provided at Pompeii stated that they were likely used to instruct…

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The Puzzling Roman Ruins of Pompeii

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 Roman ruins that lay at the bottom of a 60-foot deep excavated pit. The same eruption of Mount Vesuvius that buried Herculaneum…

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PHOTO: The Forum in Pompeii, Italy

Click on above photo to view it in large format: The Forum in Pompeii, Italy, was a large market area surrounded by the most important buildings in the town. Shown in the foreground are remains of the travertine paving that once covered the entire square. Mount Vesuvius, which erupted in 79 AD and…

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PHOTO: The Basilica at Pompeii, Italy

Click on above photo to view it in large format: Built between 120 and 78 BCE, the Basilica at Pompeii is the oldest and one of the most important buildings in the ancient town. Here, groups gathered to discuss business, mete out justice, and deal with legal matters.

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