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The forum is the most important part of Pompeii for Historians to understand what life was like in Pompeii Do you agree?

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Contents Introduction 2 Part 1 2 Religion: 3 House of the Vetti 3 House of Faun 3 Villa of Mysteries 3 Part 4 4 Introduction "The forum is the most important part of Pompeii for Historians to understand what life was like in Pompeii" Do you agree? 79 AD - the year things all changed for the inhabitants of Pompeii, with Mount Vesuvius being the centre of this transformation. During the afternoon of 24th August, a huge cloud loomed over the city of Pompeii whilst the residents remained ignorant about the explosion which was to follow on. In the past, Pompeii was prone to earthquakes, in fact, one had just happened recently in 62 AD, which the city was still recovering from. The Pompeiians didn't know that Mount Vesuvius was an active volcano. If they did, could they have prevented it? Or was this a historical blessing in disguise? We have an account of the eruption in the form of a letter, which was written by Pliny 'the younger', to the historian, Tacitus. His uncle, Pliny 'the elder' died after inhaling the fumes from Mount Vesuvius. Although the 17 year old Pliny 'the younger' wasn't present at the time, he recounted the events leading up to his uncle's death which has helped historians to form a more accurate account of what people's thoughts and actions were when Mount Vesuvius erupted. ...read more.


The house had two atria, one of which had an impluvium. The impluvium was a hollow space in the floor that was used to collect rainwater. This room was the main atrium and one of the most used rooms in the house along with the peristyle. The peristyle was situated around the garden. The second atrium was a lot smaller. It consisted of a more compact impluvium, along with a lararium (shrine) and door to the kitchen. On either side of the genius (central picture) are lares, beneath them is a serpent. House of Faun The house of Faun is one of the largest houses in Pompeii. They had four dining rooms for each season and a mosaic of Alexander the great in one of the rooms. There are also a series of promiscuous mosaics within this household. The house was a home to many mosaics, statues and many other features that symbolise the culture of the time. It was the length of a whole block.3 Plan of the House of Faun4 Villa of Mysteries The Villa is named for a number of paintings in one of the rooms. The Villa had very fine rooms for dining and entertainment. The paintings women's marriages indicated that it could the ritualistic rites of the house. The paintings also show the rituals of people joining the mystery cult. The Villa wine presses areas for the production of oils and other agricultural commodoties. ...read more.


Everyone was performing his/her personal job.'(HORA SECUNDA [5.42-6.58])8 Personal Life: Part 4 Pompeii wasn't discovered until 1700 years later. Many reckless people set forth, digging in Pompeii, in the bid to find treasure. These 'excavations' had no real organisation behind them and the people who dug didn't care about the history, but rather the money that they found. The King and Queen of Naples, were intrigued by the findings in Pompeii and they agreed to invest more money in the excavations to expand their statue and roman treasure collection. This resulted in some objects being ruined. Pompeii began to gain publicity in 1782 after a description of Herculaneum was published by a German scholar called Johann Joachim Winckelmaann. There was a lot of interest from people all over Europe and the intricate designs that were found were being used for art, furniture and interior design. Already, a business was being made just through the artefacts. However, the real science began when Guiseppe Fiorelli, the inventor of plaster casts, came into the picture, he was a very meticulous archaeologist who took great care in his work. These plaster casts provide great detail and the intricate art behind some of the instruments that were used in the daily life of Pompeiians. 1 http://members.multimania.co.uk/sstrickland/the_house_of_vetti.htm 2 Pompeii text book Page 113 3 http://www.pompeii.co.uk/CDROM/VETTII/FRAMES/F1-10.HTM 4 Pompeii A Sourcebook by Alison E.Cooley & M.G.L.Cooley (2004) Routledge 5 http://www.pompeii.org.uk/s.php/tour-religious-beliefs-pompeii-ruins-en-225-s.htm 6 Ancient Rome by Fiona MacDonald (2004). Heinemann. 7 Pompeii Textbook page 112 8 http://www.pompei.it/pompeii/daily-life-pompeii.htm ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 Taznema Khatun 9V ...read more.

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