PHOTO: The Great Theater at Pompeii, Italy

The Great Theater at Pompeii, which could seat up to 5,000 spectators, dates from the end of the 3rd century BCE and was built in the Greek style

The Great Theater at Pompeii, which could seat up to 5,000 spectators, dates from the end of the 3rd century BCE. It was built in the Greek style, which took advantage of the natural slope of the terrain and had a U-shaped orchestra. During performances of comedies and tragedies, long lengths of colored cloth were … Read more

PHOTO: Interior of the Roman Amphitheater in Pompeii

Interior of the ancient Roman amphitheater in Pompeii, Italy

This ancient Roman amphitheater in Pompeii, Italy was completely buried by the ash from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. It was so well designed and built that, since being excavated, it has been used for present day concerts and events, including a concert film made by the band Pink Floyd in 1971.

The Ancient Roman Pleasure Palace of Poppaea Sabina

These beautiful frescoes in the Oecus (main living room) at Villa di Poppaea feature trompe-l'oeil windows, doors, and painted columns

Walking through the Italian town of Torre Annunziata, one would never suspect that some of the most luxurious villas of the Roman Empire lie buried some 25 feet beneath its streets. The only indication that earlier structures existed comes from a notation on the Tabula Peutingeriana, a twelfth-century copy of an ancient map of the … Read more

PHOTO: The Ancient Roman Amphitheater of Pompeii, Italy

The ancient Roman amphitheater at the Pompeii ruins in Italy

The Roman amphitheater of Pompeii, built around 80 BCE, is the world’s oldest surviving stone amphitheater. It was buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, which also covered the towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum under tons of ash and pyroclastic volcanic mud. Prior to the eruption, the stadium was used for gladiatorial … Read more