ROME — Traditionally, it has been held that the lives of ancient Pompeiians were tragically cut short on Aug. 24, A.D. 79, when Mount Vesuvius unleashed its fury, smothering Pompeii and other cities along its perimeter with volcanic debris. A study by Italian authors made public on Thursday gives weightContinue Reading

HERCULANEUM, Italy — In his last moments, his final heartbeats, a man clutched a leather satchel to his side — perhaps containing his most prized belongings, it is still unknown — before being engulfed by the scalding ash, gas and rock spewing from Mount Vesuvius. For more than 19 centuries,Continue Reading