Absorbed by his daily activities, after the eruption of Vesuvius on August 25th 1979, Pompeii and Herculaneum feature in the most faithful painting that we have inherited from History on life under the Roman Empire. Preserved until their excavation in the 18th century by dozens of feet of ash and mud, the houses in this city, which had 25,000 inhabitants at the time of the eruption, have remained intact. There are mosaic pavements, courtyards decorated with statutes, frescoes painted on the walls and a number of other objects which all tell us about the lifestyle and customs of that era. The most beautiful pieces were transferred to Naples, where they can now be admired at the Archaeological Museum located at the piazza Museo National. Frescoes of the thermae (public baths) of pleasure remain accessible to the public.
Along with Herculaneum and many villas in the surrounding area, Pompeii was partially destroyed and buried under 4 to 6 meters of ash and pumice.© Martin Siepmann/ age fotostock
Pompeii was lost for nearly 1700 years before its rediscovery in 1748.© Martin Siepmann/ age fotostock
Gladiator's fights were the highlight of the shows as the amphitheatre.© Martin Siepmann/ age fotostock
This frescoe is found on the wall of the Villa of Venus. Many of the upper class residences had frescoe wall murals.© Martin Siepmann/ age fotostock
Having been silent for so many years, Pompeii and Herculaneum are now living museums of life in the Roman Empire.© Martin Siepmann/ age fotostock