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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.


(Placename) an ancient city in Italy, southeast of Naples: buried by an eruption of Vesuvius (79 ad); excavation of the site, which is extremely well preserved, began in 1748


(pɒmˈpeɪ, -ˈpeɪ i)

an ancient city in SW Italy, on the Bay of Naples: buried along with Herculaneum by an eruption of nearby Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79; much of the city has been excavated.
Pom•pe′ian, Pom•pei′ian, n., adj.
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Noun1.Pompeii - ancient city to the southeast of Naples that was buried by a volcanic eruption from Vesuvius
Italia, Italian Republic, Italy - a republic in southern Europe on the Italian Peninsula; was the core of the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire between the 4th century BC and the 5th century AD


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La narradora enuncia lo que no hara a fin de resaltar la magnitud de su empeno: "No voy a hablar de las ruinas de Roma, que no he visto, y que quisiera ver, ni de las de Pompeya, o Herculano, con que he sonado muchas veces, vengandose asi mi imaginacion de la mala suerte, que no le ha permitido contemplarlas realmente.
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