The city of Pompeii was an ancient Roman town-city near modern Naples in the Italian region of Campania, in the territory of the comune of Pompei. Pompeii, along with Herculaneum and many villas in the surrounding area, was mostly destroyed and buried under 4 to 6 m (13 to 20 ft) of ash and pumice in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.

Researchers believe that the town was founded in the seventh or sixth century BC and was captured by the Romans in 80 BC. By the time of its destruction, 160 years later, its population was probably approximately 20,000, with a complex water system, an amphitheatre, gymnasium and a port.

The eruption was cataclysmic for the town. Evidence for the destruction originally came from a surviving letter by Pliny the Younger, who saw the eruption from a distance and described the death of his uncle Pliny the Elder, an admiral of the Roman fleet, who tried to rescue citizens. The site was lost for about 1500 years until its initial rediscovery in 1599 and broader rediscovery almost 150 years later by Spanish engineer Rocque Joaquin de Alcubierre in 1748.1 The objects that lay beneath the city have been well preserved for thousands of years because of the lack of air and moisture. These artifacts provide an extraordinarily detailed insight into the life of a city during the Pax Romana. During the excavation, plaster was used to fill in the voids between the ash layers that once held human bodies. This allowed one to see the exact position the person was in when he or she died.

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What an incredible sight this was to wander around in. I was in complete awe of the beautiful remaining structures, statues, roadways and frescoes. It was huge! If you ever get a chance to visit Italy, this is a must see!! This photograph was captured with a Canon 40D, equipped with a 75-300mm zoom lens in Pompeii, Italy and modified with HDR.

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My life is like a well read book that’s never ending, at least for this moment in time. As I continually add new chapters to my book, I find that my photography plays a big part in it. This is most especially true as my great love and fascination with Mother Naure never wanes. It’s my hope that you, too, will share my joy as the pages in my book of life continue to flip forward! My Very Best, Polly Peacock

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  • Lynn Gedeon
    Lynn Gedeonover 1 year ago

  • Thanks so much Lynn!! :))

    – Polly Peacock

  • Randy Turnbow
    Randy Turnbowover 1 year ago

    Great image!

  • Thanks so much Randy!! :))

    – Polly Peacock

  • Thomas Barker-Detwiler
    Thomas Barker-...over 1 year ago


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  • Awesome Thomas – thanks so very much!! :))

    – Polly Peacock

  • Andrew S
    Andrew Sover 1 year ago

  • THanks so very much Andrew – appreciate it!! :))

    – Polly Peacock

  • fauselr
    fauselrover 1 year ago

    beautiful

  • Thanks so much Fauselr!! :))

    – Polly Peacock

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