Two thousand years ago, few people knew that Vesuvius was a volcano, although in AD 62, what turned out to be a premonitory tremor caused damage to the ancient seaside resort of Pompeii as well as to other towns in the vicinity. Years later, many residents were still repairing the damage to their homes and public buildings. Then, in August AD 79, came the most devastating eruption. Horrible as it was for those who suffered and died, the result for posterity was the preservation of an entire ancient culture, discovered centuries later like an enormous time capsule.

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