2 Aug 2005 - Pompeii, Italy

My third time to Pompeii and again I stayed in a campsite although a different one to last time. Even though it was my third time and so much seemed familiar, there was also much that was new and even now there are many things that I still haven't seen or explored such is the scale of the site. Would I go again? Definitely.
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Pompeii - Partly exposed skull of a victim in Pompeii

Pompeii - Partly exposed skull of a victim in Pompeii

One of the bodies found in Pompeii, why this one has the skull exposed is question I would like to have answered so if you know why then please drop me a message.
Pompeii - View of the entire Forum

Pompeii - View of the entire Forum

This shows the entire forum. In the centre of the picture can be seen where water was and still is supplied. The large raised platforms in the mid distance would have held statues.

Vesuvius looms large and menacing in the distance.
Pompeii - View of the Forum

Pompeii - View of the Forum

32 meters wide and 142 meters long, paved in travertine and surrounded by a covered arcade on three sides, this was the heart of political and religious life in the city.

Though it may appear to be ruined now, many of the columns were already collapsed from the earthquake in 62 AD.
Pompeii - Road from the Tower Of Mercury into the city

Pompeii - Road from the Tower Of Mercury into the city

This street is leading further into the city. Behind the photographer stands the Tower of Mercury, guarding the gate that leading to the road to Herculaneum.

The tower still carries the damage done by Sulla when he besieged the city in 89-88 BC.
Pompeii - The agony of death

Pompeii - The agony of death

Agony is etched into the face and expression of this victim of the eruption. Archeologists have come to the conclusion that this is a free man and perhaps the master of the slave in the next picture.

In this picture we can get an impression of what this face from the past looked like.
Pompeii - Dead slave in Pompeii

Pompeii - Dead slave in Pompeii

The agonising death of a slave in Pompeii. Archeologists know that this victim is a slave by the belt that he is wearing which indicates who he is owned by.
Pompeii - Public lavatories in the forum

Pompeii - Public lavatories in the forum

The public lavatories in the forum of Pompeii were reputedly rather luxurious for the time and were superior to those in most houses.

Urine was also collected for use in the fulling of wool products.
Pompeii - House of the Small Fountain

Pompeii - House of the Small Fountain

From the 1st Century BC, this house retains the typical plan organised so that guests would become aware of the host's social status immediately.

Almost all the rooms open onto the atrium. The roof slopes inward into the impluvium (open space in the room) so that rainwater drains down into the impluvium (a shallow basin) in the centre of the atrium of the house.

The fountain-nymphauem in the photo is covered with mosaics.
Pompeii - Bathhouse Telamon

Pompeii - Bath house Telamon

A sculptured support in the form of a man. This one is in one of the public baths and forms a separator between recesses, presumably for the storage of one's clothes.
Pompeii - Thermopolium of Vetutius Placidus

Pompeii - Thermopolium of Vetutius Placidus

One of the 89 thermopolia in Pompeii, these public establishments served hot food and drink and this one is a typical structure: one room open to the road with dolia (jars) holding the goods sunk into the counter.

Note the frescoed aedicula (shrine) portraying the Lares (protectors of the house) as well as the Mercury (god of trade), Dionysus (god of wine).
Pompeii - House of the Venus Marina I

Pompeii - House of the Venus Marina I

Damaged by a bomb that fell on Pompeii in 1943, this house seems to be built over an older one. Almost all of the rooms go around the garden.

This house was made famous by the beautiful painting on the south wall, a lush garden and other decorative elements spread across three panels. The main painting of Venus can be seen in the next image.
Pompeii - House of the Venus Marina II

Pompeii - House of the Venus Marina II

This painting shows the goddess Venus lying with two cherubs in a pink sea shell. Although clumsily painted, the composition is not lacking particularly if viewed from the right distance.

She has a fan in her right hand while her left is holding a veil which is blowing in the wind. Her hair shows typical curls and she is earring gold jewellery.
Pompeii - House of the Venus Marina III

Pompeii - House of the Venus Marina III

A close view of Venus and her cherubs. Looking into the faces of these paintings I feel like I am also peering into the mind of the artist who did this all those years ago.

Seeing such vivid evidence of life and culture is what creates that mental connection with a different world and brings it alive and current.
Pompeii - Amphitheatre

Pompeii - Amphitheatre

Built in 80-70BC, this is one of the best preserved amphitheatres in existence and held over 20k spectators.

Two gates opened onto the axis of the arena: participants paraded through one gate while the dead and defeated were carried away through the other.

In 59BC a riot between fans from Pompeii and Nocera which led to a 10 year ban on 'games' but this was lifted after the great earthquake of 62AD.
Pompeii - Thermopolium on Via Consolare I

Pompeii - Thermopolium on Via Consolare I

One of the 89 thermopolia in Pompeii, these public establishments served hot food and drink and this one is a typical structure: one room open to the road with dolia (jars) holding the goods sunk into the counter.
Pompeii - Thermopolium on Via Consolare II

Pompeii - Thermopolium on Via Consolare II

The same Thermopolium but looking from behind the counter. This road takes you out of the city and eventually towards the Villa of Mysteries.
Pompeii - Villa of Mysteries

Pompeii - Villa of Mysteries

Out of town and on a slope facing the seaside, this would have been a fine place to live. Some of the most ornately decorated frescos can be found in the villa including one depicting a mystery ritual scene, hence the name of the villa.
Pompeii - Time to leave Pompeii

Pompeii - Time to leave Pompeii

Time to leave Pompeii - but who knows, I may return...

Now though, its off to the join the circumvesuviana rail link and go on to Sorrento.
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Sina - 13 Dec 2013, 18:06:40

Nice job and well done man..I have just visited ur blog and I really enjoyed detailed given information & nice photoes..thanks a million :)..Sina Borjian from Iran

Jude - 5 Apr 2012, 08:16:32

a piece off the roof might have fallen on that exposed skull man.

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