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 (pŏm-pā′, -pā′ē)
An ancient city of southern Italy southeast of Naples. Founded in the sixth or early fifth century bc, it was a Roman colony by 80 bc and became a prosperous port and resort with many noted villas, temples, theaters, and baths. Pompeii was destroyed by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in ad 79. The incredibly well-preserved ruins were rediscovered in 1748 and have been extensively excavated.

Pom·pe′ian, Pom·pei′ian adj. & n.


nPompej(an)er(in) m(f)
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The young man felt that his fate was sealed: for the rest of his life he would go up every evening between the cast-iron railings of that greenish- yellow doorstep, and pass through a Pompeian vestibule into a hall with a wainscoting of varnished yellow wood.
Pompeian, Inc has announced Pompeian Cooking Spray bottles, the newest addition to its ever-growing family of innovative products, including oils, vinegars and cooking wines.
Covering more than 55 acres they feature a stunning collection of intimate garden rooms including a rose garden, Pompeian garden and several ponds.
Since he is a perennial collector, the foyer houses two recently acquired Pompeian bronze deer by Sabatino De Angelis.
The Good Neighbor Award brought Gift of Life more awareness in the local community, and more importantly, at a national level," said 2014 Good Neighbor Award winner Ed Pompeian, who won for founding the Gift of Life Transplant Home, which provides affordable housing to transplant patients undergoing treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
The colors in these works, ranging from yellow, ocher, orange, and Pompeian red and blue to acidic green, are applied in watery acrylics, as transparent and delicate as pastels.
com ; the online vintage shop has items including an elaborate desk painted with Pompeian frescoes, a pair of marble lions, salvaged Ionic columns and a circa 1880 hand-painted Italian leather screen.
There is also a library with mahogany bookcases and a marble fireplace, and there's a Pompeian red staircase with ornate gold-painted cast iron spindles and frescos of tropical birds.
How part of the animal, butchered, came to be a kitchen scrap in a seemingly standard Pompeian restaurant not only speaks to long-distance trade in exotic and wild animals, but also something of the richness, variety and range of a non-elite diet.
There is a collection of orchids and cacti in the glasshouse, a grand Pompeian garden and the wonderfully scented Lavender court.
As a leading Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food brand, Al Wadi Al Akhdar was a worthy addition to the alliance, which also includes well known brands such as Barilla and Pompeian.