Spartacus at the Pompeii Stadium
Today we decided to take our life in our hands and ride the rickety local bus down the mountains to see the ruins at Pompeii. Pompeii was a major Roman city that was buried under rocks and ash when the volcano Vesuvius erupted on August 24th, 79AD. We
have seen a lot of ruins in Greece, but they are just a few walls and columns and a lot of rubble; this is a complete city that was preserved by the ashes, you can almost visualize daily life here. It was a very large town for it’s time Pompeii was very progressive. You can see the remains of shops, wide streets, stadiums and theaters. We also saw homes some were very large and luxurious with atriums, and elaborate mosaics on the floor. Some of the larger homes actually had their own latrines, the rest of the people used public latrines that are scattered around the town. There were also Public baths with warm and cold pools. The former building that was possible a farmers market is being used as storage for archeological finds, such as large urns tables, chairs and a few plaster casts of the victims, these people were frozen for eternity like statues, when the ashes covered them. You can see the terror in theirs faces as they try to cover their noses and faces. Pompeii was well worth the trip, it is an unforgettable sight, a must see for anybody that is interested in history, archeology or architecture.