In Old Pompeii
Pompeii and the other ancient cities along the Bay of Naples destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE continue to spark our imagination just as they did when they were dug up in the eighteenth century. The excavation of so many well-preserved examples of ancient Greco-Roman civilization helped inspire the Enlightenment and an interest throughout the Western world in ancient art and design, classical philosophy, and literature.
In this lesson, students take a virtual field trip to the ruins of Pompeii to learn about everyday life, art and culture in ancient Roman times, then display their knowledge by creating a travelogue to attract visitors to the site. They can also write an account of their field trip modeled on a description of Pompeii written by Mark Twain.
What can we learn about life in Roman times from the ruins of Pompeii?
Examine the causes and immediate effects of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE.
Analyze archaeological records to draw conclusions about life in Roman times.
Create a virtual trip to Rome before the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE.