The day Mount Vesuvius destroyed Pompeii – level 3


Mount Vesuvius is a volcano in Italy. In 79, Pompeii was a wealthy city located near the volcano. Almost 20 thousand inhabitants lived there.

On August 24, Mount Vesuvius exploded. The explosion was huge. A mixture of hot gas and other volcanic material poured from the volcano and quickly rushed to Pompeii.

Pompeii was flooded with a 5-meter layer of volcanic material. Many people and animals were buried under it. People who managed to escape in time had nowhere to return.

The city was forgotten over time. It was discovered again in 1592. The city was so well preserved that it became a paradise for historians. Thanks to a great level of preservation, we can learn a lot about life in the time of the Roman Empire 2,000 years ago.

Difficult words: inhabitant (a person that lives in a particular place), layer (a substance that covers a surface of something), bury (to cover with a layer of something), paradise (a perfect place).

What details were discovered about life in Pompeii from the preserved remains?


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