Pompey, maybee the "greatest" tragedy in history that made it possible for us to learn more about aincent Rome and also made it easier to understand some of it. The most moving findings are however the statue-like bodys. The excavation has been going on for more than 400 years and took up real speed in the 18;th century. They might never stop. This town was destroyed by the volcano Vesuvius eruption in the year 79 A.D.The eruption was witnessed and described by Plinius the yonger (whos father Plinius the older was killed during this day)and seemed so unbeleivable by his contemporary who just didn´t believe him. Nowadays we have a term for this; Plinian eruptions, meaning really big eruptions.
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Gerrit (48342) 2005-12-11 15:59
a great shot, all the different elements left of this long forgotten tragedie. A morbide museumpiece in the cetre. I presume this is some sort of working place and not an exposure-room.
Good capture anyway.
Thanks and regards, Gerrit
richtersl (3546) 2005-12-25 23:52
The photo is not that fancy in terms of compostion but it was well taken and ties in well with your note. Pompeii was an awful tragedy and one can only hope that this individual did not suffer much.