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Ancient and modern

What was it like to be noveau riche in Pompeii?

20 April 2024

9:00 AM

20 April 2024

9:00 AM

Frescoes are always the lead story in reports of the latest finds from Pompeii, but they are only a part of a much bigger picture.

Before it was destroyed in ad 79 Pompeii had been a flourishing port town (the explosion of Vesuvius altered the whole landscape) with a population of around 11,000, offering trading facilities to inland towns like Nuceria and Nola.

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