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At the time of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD, Pompeii had an estimated population of 20,000 inhabitants. It wasn’t until 1749 that Pompeii was accidentally rediscovered and many intact buildings and wall paintings were uncovered. The excavated town offers a snapshot of Roman life in the 1st century, frozen at the moment it was buried in AD 79.
© David Noyes 2011