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Bodies From the Ash: Life and Death in Ancient Pompeii

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In ancient times, Pompeii was one of the largest cities in the Roman Empire. Its 20,000 inhabitants lived in the shadow of Vesuvius, which they believed was nothing more than a mountain. But Vesuvius was a volcano. And on the morning of August 24, A.D. 79, Vesuvius began to erupt. Within twenty-four hours, the entire city of Pompeii—and many of its citizens—had been utterly annihilated.

It was not until hundreds of years later that Pompeii saw daylight again, as archaeological excavations began to unearth what had been buried under layers of volcanic rubble. Digging crews expected to find buildings and jewelry and other treasures, but they found something unexpected, too: the imprints of lost Pompeiians, their deaths captured as if by photographic images in volcanic ash.

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James M. Deem lives in New Rochelle, New York, with his wife and four children. He is the author of numerous works of both fiction and nonfiction for children.

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ISBN:
9780618473083
Author:
Deem, James M.
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin
Author:
James M.
Author:
Deem
Location:
Boston
Subject:
Italy
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - History - General
Subject:
Science & Technology - Earth Sciences
Subject:
History - Europe
Subject:
History - Ancient
Subject:
Excavations (archaeology)
Subject:
Earthquakes & Volcanoes
Subject:
Pompeii (extinct city)
Subject:
Excavations (Archaeology) -- Italy.
Subject:
Ancient
Subject:
Children s-History Ancient
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
October 2005
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 4 to 6
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Illustrated with photographs
Pages:
64
Dimensions:
9 x 11 x 0.19 in 1.29 lb
Age Level:
09-11

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In ancient times, Pompeii was one of the largest cities in the Roman Empire. Its 20,000 inhabitants lived in the shadow of Vesuvius, which they believed was nothing more than a mountain. But Vesuvius was a volcano. And on the morning of August 24, A.D. 79, Vesuvius began to erupt. Within twenty-four hours, the entire city of Pompeii—and many of its citizens—had been utterly annihilated.

It was not until hundreds of years later that Pompeii saw daylight again, as archaeological excavations began to unearth what had been buried under layers of volcanic rubble. Digging crews expected to find buildings and jewelry and other treasures, but they found something unexpected, too: the imprints of lost Pompeiians, their deaths captured as if by photographic images in volcanic ash.

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