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PHOTO: The Ancient Roman Amphitheater of Pompeii, Italy

Click on above photo to view it in large format: 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…

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PHOTO: Capped Columns in the Forum at Pompeii

Click on above photo to view it in large format: Capped columns mark one end of the Forum at Pompeii, the Roman city that was destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. No carriages were allowed in this great open space, which was reserved for public gatherings and markets.

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PHOTO: Honorary Arch at Pompeii Italy

Click on above photo to view it in large format: This Honorary Arch at Pompeii Italy frames the blown-off top of Mount Vesuvius, which erupted in 79 AD and buried the town under tons of volcanic ash. It is located on one end of the Forum, where merchants gathered to sell wares and…

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The Ruins of Herculaneum – A Snapshot of Agony

In the early afternoon of August 24 in A.D. 79, more than 300 residents of Herculaneum, Rome fled to the shores of the Mediterranean. Some lingered on the beach, others huddled inside seafront boathouses, and all were terrified. For the past several days the earth had been rocked by tremors. Earthquakes were a…

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