An important eyewitness account by Pliny the Younger (A.D. 61-113) offers us a glimpse of that fateful day in A.D. 79 when the eruption of Mount Vesuvius buried an entire town and most of its inhabitants. Pliny, whose uncle died in the disaster, vividly describes sheets of fire and enormous pumice stones raining down from the volcano as well as people running desperately towards the sea, terrified for their lives.
You might think the most disturbing part of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius that destroyed Pompeii, Herculaneum, and other towns was that the people living there had no warning. If they had better technology, or even saw a bit of smoke or a stream of lava, they might have realized what was going on and been able to escape in time. It's the inevitability of the deaths of thousands of people that seems so tragic; like it's ridiculously unfair they weren't given a fighting chance.
Ancient Rome, one of the most prominent civilizations in human history, changed the world through unbreakable laws and order, ruthless military power, and last but not least – eternal culture and architecture. Over the course of several hundred years, the Roman Republic transformed into an Empire and expanded to unimaginable places. Nearly two millennia after the fall of the last Roman Empire, there is no better proof of the power and progress of the ancient civilization than the architectural..