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Grisly carnage at the famous Roman city hearkens back to the destruction of the original ‘sin cities.’
 
10/20/2020
 

Pompeii: Echoes of Sodom and Gomorrah

Grisly carnage at the famous Roman city hearkens back to the destruction of the original ‘sin cities.’

BY CHRISTOPHER EAMES

The utter destruction of Pompeii has become legendary. The eruption of Mount Vesuvius in C.E. 79 absolutely incinerated the city with intense heat and pyroclastic flow, leaving decimated buildings and carbonized human forms frozen in their last moments of panic before death. Eerie discoveries are continually being made at the site (as well as nearby Herculaneum), showing the level of abject destruction.

A recent discovery revealed that intense heat given off by the eruption caused one victim’s brain to turn to glass. Recent research has revealed that the hundreds of citizens who became trapped in Herculaneum’s boathouses while trying to escape would have suffered an excruciating death—literally being slow-roasted alive, while choking on noxious fumes. (Scientists initially thought the heat would have killed them instantly—new analysis shows this was not the case.) Additionally, evidence has identified (with near certainty) the skull of Pliny the Elder, the famous Roman philosopher who was killed while attempting to rescue citizens on his ship.

 
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