There is probably not a single person living in this world right now who has not heard about the destruction that occurred in Pompeii thousands of years ago. When the volcano Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, millions of people were still within the city, unable to escape and save themselves from the chaos and reign of fire that launched upon their heads. However, there are some things the history books won’t teach you, but historians finally learned more about that fateful day, so we’re sharing with you. Here are ten mind-boggling facts about the Pompeii Destruction.
Founded near 7th century BC, Pompeii was a highly developed city long before the disaster of Mount Vesuvius. The city had become a popular holiday spot for the rich and famous Romans of the era.
Nero is said to have had a villa or holiday home within Pompeii, and his second wife, Poppaea Sabina, was a native to the city. Nero was not in the famous city when the eruption happened, though, despite many people wishing he would have been.