Discovery has a fascinating reconstruction of the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius from the perspective of twelve people found buried in a collapsed home. Well worth a few minutes of time.
I’ve been lucky enough to visit Pompeii and Herculaneum (the second, though smaller, is much better preserved–don’t skip it). While the ruins are of course impressive, for me the most haunting artifacts are the plaster casts of the victims, which were poured into the hollow spaces left behind in the volcanic debris after their bodies long decayed. I still remember the agonizing detail in the face of one suffocated man far better than de rigeur brothel wall painting every tourist snickers over.
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