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    ( -79)
    Located around Naples in the Italian Campania region
    Began as a port for Greek sailors
    Conquered by the Romans (80 B.C.)
    Destroyed in an eruption of Mt. Vesuvius (79 A.D.)
    One of Italy's most popular tourist attractions
    It was plagued by earthquakes.
    One smaller quake toppled a public theatre Emperor Nero was singing at (but then again, it could have just been Nero's voice).
    Right before Vesuvius' explosion, town wells dried up and earthquakes increased, but many citizens didn't heed the warning signs.
    Ironically, the eruption occurred on the day celebrating the Roman god of fire.
    The actual eruption was one of the most violent in recorded history, with at least 1,500 people suffocating from smoke and ash emitted from the volcano.
    A neighboring city, Herculaneum, was also destroyed but isn't nearly as famous.
    Today, nearly three million people live near it despite the continued danger of eruptions.
    It was a thriving city before its destruction.
    It was preserved perfectly under volcanic ash for 1,600 years before being rediscovered.
    It was a gem for historians wishing to learn about everyday Roman life.
    Its recovered art was very erotic and pornographic.
    Unlike Atlantis or Sodom and Gomorrah, it wasn't eradicated for pissing off a god.
    Its citizens surely died happily knowing that their preserved remains would later be tourist attractions.
    Vesuvius can be beautiful on the horizon during the days it isn't killing everything.

Credit: Ratman

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