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Mount Vesuvius Pompeii

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sarah day

on 16 March 2015

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Transcript of Mount Vesuvius Pompeii

Background Information
Romans' Life Changed
Unexpected Catastrophe
Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii
Thesis
Mount Vesuvius's eruption in Pompeii was historically important because it changed the Roman empire and their daily life. It also impacted how we prepare for volcanos today.
Everyday Life is Preserved
Romans were caught unprepared in August of 79 A. D. when Mount Vesuvius erupted. The people in Pompeii died of heat and ash and sufficated on smoke while doing their every day activities. There is still bread from the bakery and fruit from the store that has been turned to stone. Today there is a big warehouse where people, animals, pots, beaded goods, jewelry etc. are preserved.
Pompeii is an ancient town in Italy near Naples. Mount Vesuvius is a volcano 5 miles from Pompeii and it erupted in 79 A.D. in the middle of the day. Pompeii started being ruled by the Romans in the 4th century B.C. and 11,000 people lived in Pompeii at the time when Mount Vesuvius erupted. Pompeii was important to the Romans because it was on the Bay of Naples and important for trading.



Romans thought the volcano was extinct and no longer active. Earthquakes were common in the area and when Mount Vesuvius started to erupt, the Romans thought it was an earthquake and not a volcano. People thought the cloud over Mount Vesuvius was curious and they were confused about why it was there. There were several towns at the base of Mount Vesuvius because the Romans thought it was no longer active.
Short Term Impact
After the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, the citizens of Pompeii started to panic. The Romans no longer lived in Pompeii and it was an empty city. It was a holiday when Mount Vesuvius erupted and many people were out of town but many people were visiting too. After the volcano erupted there was theft and starvation and the city was destroyed.
Long-Term Impact
Many scientist and archeologists study about Mount Vesuvius's eruption and excavate Pompeii. It is a popular tourist attraction and vacation spot. There are a lot of museums with artifacts from that time period. There are books and movies about Pompeii and even a song about it. Also, Mount Vesuvius has been studied and helps us understand how to prepare for volcanic eruptions. Scientists now can tell if a volcano is going to erupt.
There was a lot of trade in Pompeii and these are some of the items they traded.
This is a picture of the present day town of Pompeii with mount Vesuvius in the background.
This is a map of Italy showing Pompeii near Naples.
This is the town at the base of Mount Vesuvius.
This shows the towns destroyed when Mount Vesuvius erupted and the smoke plume.
This is a digital picture of what the eruption would look like.
Before Mount Vesuvius erupted, the Romans had vacation houses, beautiful artwork and a thriving city built on trade. After the eruption the city was not rebuilt bacause many Romans died. Pompeii was destroyed and no longer a community.
This is a painting done in Pompeii and the red in the painting shows a society of wealth.
This is what daily life would look like in Pompeii with markets and community buildings.
This is a Picture of archeologists and scientists excavating for artifacts.
This is a dog that was trying to hide from the ash.
This is the bread found in the bakery that is preserved and turned to stone.
This is a man who was trying to hide from the ash.
This is a book about Pompeii.
This is a song about Pompeii.
This is a movie about Pompeii.
This shows the chaos after the eruption when there was theft and starvation.
This is a child trying to hide from the ash and he may have been panicked.
This is a drawing of people trying to hide and run for cover.
By: Sarah Day
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