Monday, May 23, 2011

Saturday Art: End Times In Pompeii

The lava flow that ended their world for the residents of Pompeii many centuries ago in 79 A.D. must have seemed like the End Times we have had announced by another cult to be scheduled this evening at around 6 p.m. somewhere. The mountain/volcano Vesuvius still rumbles, but then it was shooting out flames, and finally the flow that swept over the resort community and snuffed out their lives and activities.

"Pompeii was first occupied in the 8th century BC. The Etruscans soon dominated the region and Pompeii was no exception. The Etruscan occupation lasted throughout the 5th and 6th centuries BC. After the Etruscans came the Saminites. The Saminites turned Pompeii into a pure Greek town. Their reign ended when the Romans took control of Pompeii around 200 BC. The Romans retained control over Pompeii until the end… a fateful day in 79 AD when Mt Vesuvius unleashed its fury on the 20,000 inhabitants of this thriving Roman city"

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