Pompeii AD 79: A City Buried by a Volcanic Eruption

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Pompeii was in one of the most crowded parts of Italy. In the busy town there were housed, shops, workshops, a theater, temples, sports grounds, and even a swimming pool. Then a massive volcanic eruption destroyed it all. The town lay buried for centuries before diggers exposed secrets of ancient Roman life. Timelines, a glossary, ideas for research, and suggestions for future reading are included in this exciting read about life in ancient Roman times. This book explains how archaeologists have pieced together ...

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Overview

Pompeii was in one of the most crowded parts of Italy. In the busy town there were housed, shops, workshops, a theater, temples, sports grounds, and even a swimming pool. Then a massive volcanic eruption destroyed it all. The town lay buried for centuries before diggers exposed secrets of ancient Roman life. Timelines, a glossary, ideas for research, and suggestions for future reading are included in this exciting read about life in ancient Roman times. This book explains how archaeologists have pieced together the evidence of the eruption.

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Gr 4-7-Parker begins with a description of the city, followed by scientific information on Vesuvius, the events surrounding the eruption, the disaster itself, and the aftermath. He discusses the discovery of the buried town and the archaeological work at the site, and concludes with a discussion of the possibility of another eruption from Vesuvius and/or other volcanoes worldwide. Senker identifies the beginnings of the plague in central Asia and its spread by traders and merchants throughout Europe, resulting in the death of one third of the population. The author describes the symptoms of the disease, the actions people took to escape it, and the lack of sanitation that furthered its spread. Since people of the time did not understand that the disease was spread by fleas and rats, many superstitions arose that led to the persecution of Jewish people. The book concludes with brief discussions of 20th- and 21st-century pandemics or possible plagues and the importance of lifestyle changes and further scientific study to eliminate or control disease. Dorothy Hinshaw Patent's Lost City of Pompeii (Benchmark, 1999) and Rachel Lynette's Bubonic Plague (Gale, 2004) offer similar information for the same age group. Useful for reports.-Ann Joslin, Fort LeBoef School District, Waterford, PA Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781410922762
  • Publisher: Raintree Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/28/2006
  • Series: When Disaster Struck Series
  • Pages: 56
  • Age range: 11 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.22 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Table of Contents


A City Buried by a Volcanic Eruption
In Danger's Way     5
In the Shadow of Vesuvius
The Town of Pompeii     7
How Vesuvius Formed     8
Living on Lava     10
A Brush with Destruction     12
The Dawn of Disaster
In Honor of Vulcan     15
Disaster Looms     16
The Last Morning in Pompeii     18
The Homes of the Wealthy     20
The Beginning of the End
Vesuvius Erupts     23
Sitting Out the Storm     24
Abandoned by the Gods     26
Death and Destruction
Widespread Panic     29
Disaster at Herculaneum     30
Catastrophe at Pompeii     32
Panic in the Countryside     34
After the Disaster
The Eruption Ends     37
Dealing with the Destruction     38
The Lost Cities Are Discovered
Ancient Finds     41
Pompeii is Discovered     42
Bringing the Towns Back to Life     44
Could it Happen Again?
Vesuvius Remains Active     47
Watching and Waiting     48
Timeline     50
Glossary     52
Finding Out More     54
Index     56\
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