Roman paintings in ancient Pompeii. The so-called Sappho girl. This famous miniature, discovered in June 1760, has remained one of the most famous female portraits from Pompeii. It has the air of gracious refinement that surrounds this girl, caught in a moment of meditation before putting pen to paper. Archaeological Museum, Naples, Italy
This is the Forum of Pompeii as it would have looked in the year 61 CE. In February of 62 CE, an intense earthquake left the Forum and parts of the city in ruin. 17 years later on Aug 24 in 79 CE, Mt.Vesuvius erupted.