An undisturbed Samnite tomb has been unearthed at a burial ground beside Pompeii’s famous Villa of the Mysteries. The discovery will help archaeologists study a relatively unexplored era of Pompeii’s history—a time when the Samnites fought bitter battles against the Romans.
For the record: Despite the Pompeii movie's tagline, there was plenty of warning, and there was also plenty of time to escape if you took the 48 hours of ash spewing from Vesuvius as, say, a warning of some kind. But yeah, other than that, no warning, no escape."
With the movie Pompeii exploding into theaters, you'll be exposed to a lot of myths about the volcanic eruption at Mt. Vesuvius that buried a whole Roman town. The biggest myth of all is that the citizens of Pompeii never knew the blast was coming. They did. And many had already evacuated.
Ah, Pompeii. It's become a cliché for unwitting, inescapable doom, the fragility of life in the shadow of uncaring nature. And in Pompeii, opening today, Paul W. S. Anderson turns this tale of an ill-fated city into an accidental comedy that happens to have a volcano in it to absolutely no one's surprise.
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Congratulations, Kit Harington, your old-timey Roman abs are the most ridiculous abs in the long history of greased abs — truly, you've outdone yourself, sir. Behold the six-pack majesty in the brand new trailer for Paul W.S. Anderson's Pompeii (also a giant volcano explodes and kills the whole town and stuff).
Oh man, Paul W.S. Anderson's take on the destruction of the Roman city of Pompeii looks ridiculous. What are the bets that someone accidentally spills a stash of ancient gun powder and shrapnel into Mount Vesuvius, thus turning the volcano into a GUNCANO? What sort of horrible, bomb-like noise will the EXPLODING ASH…
Jon Snow apparently knows one thing, and that's ab crunches. That's the only way to explain Kit Harrington's super-ripped, half-dressed body as seen in this first picture from the historical epic Pompeii. Hell, he looks like he's in danger of burning the city down on his own.
Before being entombed with ash by Mount Vesuvius, Pompeii was a thriving city. There was government, there was infrastructure — and yes, there was graffiti. Very vulgar, very explicit graffitti.
As far as the people of ancient Pompeii were concerned, dead bodies and trash were basically the same thing, at least in terms of where they ended up. And that isn't even the grossest place Pompeii put its trash.
The 1973 study "Graffiti: Some Observations and Speculations" by Dr. Harvey Lomas included this colorful chart matching bawdy vandalism from First Century Pompeii with its thematic descendants in Sixties Los Angeles. As you can see here, we've had our mind in the gutter for approximately two millennia.
In the year 79 AD, Italy's Mt. Vesuvius erupted with superheated ash that rained fiery death on several Roman cities nearby. But none was hit harder than vacation town Pompeii, which was buried in a thick layer of broiling ash in a matter of seconds.