Before the Romans, several other groups inhabited the city- at least this is what our guide told us. Maria with her thick steriotypical italian accent, added an -ah to the end of each word. …She said-ah that-ah this-ah was-ah the way-ah that it worked-ah.
The Greeks, the Samnites and others had inhabited the city before the Romans. When one group was over-run by the next the previous traditions and styles were changed out. The Romans were the last ones to arrive in the city, so that is the group that the city reflects most.
You likely know the story already. Pompeii was a thriving Roman port city. People owned homes according to their social class; some were extravagant and richly furnished, others were modest. Many had plumbing, and public fountains served people throughout the streets. The port city was not unlike any you might find today with businesses to serve any service or entertainment a person might seek.
Seismic activity had been on the rise in the years prior to Pompeii’s destruction. An earthquake struck nearly two decades before, and repairs had been made to damaged structures. In the summer of 79 A.D. Mount Vesuvius blew- twice. Ash covered the city and those who still remained inside were killed, and their positions at death were perfectly preserved. The city was preserved under the ash and volcanic stones, until it was unearthed in 1748.
Continuous archeological digs have occurred since then exposing the city; brick by brick. It’s a large city, estimated to be 160-170 acres, and nearly 1/3 of it remains buried. If you had the time, you could certainly spend weeks exploring its intricacies. We didn’t have that however but I’ve included the photos from our Pompeii overview.
Don’t miss Vesuvius, still looming in the background. Max our driver in Rome; clinically as he was pointed this out “The best example of human forgetfulness.” A new city, named Pompei has been built in the surrounding area with a population of over 25,000 people.