Pompeii (Part I)





















I'm trying to do a research on the Italian city Pompeii, during the Roman Empire, a city buried underneath a massive volcanic eruption. The reason why I'm interested in such a thing is that it's nearly impossible to believe that a whole city was buried under a volcano just like that; there must be a godlike wisdom and reason for this.
Here is a brief history taken from here:
Pompeii, also known as the forgotten city, was a Roman settlement that was devastated by volcanic eruptions in 79 A.D. The city was first occupied by Romans in the 6th century and converted into a Resort city. The volcano that was responsible for the destruction of Pompeii is called Mount Vesuvius. The eruptions from the volcano were so strong that the buildings and the people were covered in twelve thick layers of mud and ash. After the city was covered in volcanic ashes, it was slowly forgotten and erased from the history books until it got rediscovered in 1738 by workers working for King of Naples.
Before Pompeii succumbed to the eruptions, it used to be a blossoming township and a progressive commercial port of the Sarno River in Italy. The most notable buildings that have been excavated from the ashes are a Roman basilica and an amphitheatre. The excavations also include many intact wall paintings, pottery and coinage. Pompeii was one of the earliest excavated cities in the world, where archeological work started in 1738.
The above picture is a neat one from now. Here are a couple of pictures of the buried nation..




















And even animals..























What I'm trying to grasp is the info my sister told me; she did a research on that some time ago and read that the people of the city were so engulfed in lust, ecstasy and a worldly life lived completely to the fullest. Paintings of concrete sexual intercourse were easily seen on walls. Everything was just about satiating their needs. And that's what I'll try to get info about in part two insha'allah.

5 comments:

ibhogs | August 19, 2011 at 1:56 PM

"فـكأين من قرية أهلكناها وهي خاوية على عروشها وبئر معطلة وقصر مشيد" - الحج (45)

This verse, and the ones serving it incessantly sounded in my mind, reading this.

deppy | August 19, 2011 at 3:11 PM

There was a documentary I watched several years ago about the city. Here it is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQzDcZE2hoE.

Knee | August 19, 2011 at 3:22 PM

THANK YOU guys!!!
@ibhog yes i did remember parts of the Qura'n and the nations that were punished by God's Wrath. Sub7an allah bgad..

@deppy teslami babe!!! I've been looking for documentaries 3n elmawdou3 da! Thanks a gazzillion :D

blackwatertown | August 19, 2011 at 6:14 PM

You might enjoy the Robert Harris historical novel called Pompeii. A good enlightening read.

Knee | August 19, 2011 at 11:41 PM

I stumbled upon it online yeah, I don't think I'll find it here in Egypt but I'll surely look for it, thanks :)

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