What can the ruins of Pompeii tell us about how the Romans lived?

The Roman city of Pompeii, in southern Italy, was buried under volcanic ash when a nearby volcano erupted. Pompeii was excavated (carefully unearthed) by archaeologists in the 19th and 20th centuries to reveal a remarkably well-preserved site. Many of the buildings were fully intact apart from their roofs. As well as buildings and objects, some human victims of the eruption were preserved in the ash. Their remains give an insight into how the inhabitants of Pompeii may have lived and died.

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