Preserved for all future generations: The Lost Cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.

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By Robert Horvat

Pompeii and Herculaneum are Roman cities from late antiquity that don’t need any introduction. There has been so much said about them that we can’t possibly add anything new to the discussion. When the majestic Mount Vesuvius decided to erupt on 24th August 79 CE, it sent shock waves throughout the region of the devastation it wreaked for the people of the small cities underneath its shadow. It seemed that the Romans either thought Vesuvius was extinct or that no one had ever suspected that the mountain was, in fact, a volcano. So when it violently blew its top, unprecedented chaos and the scrabble to evacuate ensued. Its violent eruption spewed a thick layer of pumice and ash covering Pompeii in five metres of volcanic matter. Herculaneum, which lay to the west of the volcano, suffered an equally disturbing fate. Whilst it escaped the fallout of ash…

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