|Pompeii is a buried Roman town near modern Naples. When Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, Pompeii was burned and buried in ash, while nearby Herculaneum was destroyed by pyroclastic flow. The area was buried under 4 to 6m (13 to 20 ft) of ash and pumice. Pompeii was lost until its rediscovery in 1599 and broader rediscovery in 1748.|
The objects that lay beneath the city have been well preserved.
Marble statue from the Temple of Isis.
Helmet of a Thrax gladiator. Bronze.
Mosaic (detail) from Pompeii.
Apollo as an Archer
Diana as an Archer.
|A gold bracelet bears an inscription. On its inside face are the words dominus ancillae suae – from the master (dominus) to his slave-girl (ancilla).|