28 October, 2010

Herculaneum Was There, Too!

You've heard of Pompeii, I bet. You also probably know what happened that day, August 24th 79 AD. But did you know about Herculaneum?

I've noticed that in a lot of history books there's practically nothing about Herculaneum. The most I've found is a mention that it was buried under 65 feet of ash. You would think that there would be more about a city buried under 65 feet of ash, but unfortunately, no.

That's why I was thrilled when Secrets of the Dead: Herculaneum Uncovered was aired last night:

Because someone had decided this Roman city was finally worth looking into!

I didn't know about much of what they said. Like, that the Bourbons looted the place through a maze of tunnel leading underground. Or that the citizens of Herculaneum hid in the boat sheds as the pyroclastic flows enveloped their city. Or that 2000 year-old-bread is in existence, and even has its owner's name on it. There's ancient, carbonized furniture, and some pieces of wood that were not carbonized.

But even Pompeii and Herculaneum weren't the only cities--Stabiae and Oplontis were also wiped out.

I always find less-discovered places and people fascinating. There's so much more to learn that way. :)

-----The Golden Eagle


Gail said...

I have always been fascinated with Pompeii and often wondered about other cities.

Thanks, hope they show that again. Now I have other names to research.

Holly Ruggiero said...

I’m always fascinated with these legendary cities lost until discovered.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

We think we know the history of the world, but what we know is much like the tip of the iceberg. So much is hidden under the ocean of lack of knowledge.

Thanks for filling me in on this fascinating subject -- and for dropping in on my blog and commenting. It meant a lot to me.

Tere Kirkland said...

Herculaneum has all the best wall paintings. ;)

Jennifer Hillier said...

2000-year-old bread is in existence? Now THAT is cool.

Jackee said...

It's amazing how many places have been swallowed by the sea or buried by volcanic ash. So many Greek islands have met this fate too!

Thanks for sharing, Eagle. And it's great to meet you--I'm here from Theresa's blog. :o)


Arlee Bird said...
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Arlee Bird said...

There is so much interesting stuff that happened in the past, but I can hardly keep up with it. I can hardly keep up with what's happening now.

Tossing It Out

Misha1989 said...

Thanks for all the interesting info! I have always been fascinated by Pompeii.
P.S I replied to your mail. Thank you!

fairyhedgehog said...

I've been to Herculaneum (a very long time ago) but I'd never heard of Stabiae or Oplontis.

I wonder what makes one place famous and another obscure.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

That sounds interesting! I like history like this as well.

Ann said...

I did know about Herculaneum. But that is because I dreamt of becoming an Archeologist when I was young and for that very reason. So many fascinating lost cities, histories and people to uncover.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving your lovely comment. Isn't Theresa's Haunting a great party?!?

KK Brees said...

Interesting stuff, Golden Eagle! About time Herculaneum got some air time.

Emily said...

Thanks for this history discovery. I think things like this are fascinating. It's good to keep learning about these things. I'm going to enjoy "haunting" your blog. :) I also really, really like your blog's background.

Lydia Kang said...

I remember poring over a National Geographic article on Pompeii and Herculaneum in the 80's as a kid. I was so haunted by the casts of the dead bodies in the rooms when the ash hit them.
Great post!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

My day is not complete until I learn something new - thanks!

Talli Roland said...

Thanks for dropping by my blog and following!

That programme sounds fascinating. I love learning about history.

N. R. Williams said...

Wow, Golden, that was something. I love history and had no idea about other cities that were buried alive. Thanks for sharing this.
N. R. Williams, fantasy author

The Golden Eagle said...

Gail: Me, too--I got really excited when I heard about Herculaneum!

I hope they show it again as well!

Holly: They're so amazing, aren't they?

Roland: That's the best part! There's still so much to discover--and we're the ones who have the chance to. :)

You're very welcome.

Tere: It does!

Jennifer: Isn't it?!

Jackee: It's sad, but somewhat fascinating that there are so many cities under ash out there.

Awesome! :D

Lee: There is a lot to think about in the world; recent tsunamis, wars, volcanoes, the rest of life . . .

Misha1989: And now Herculaneum, hopefully? :)

Fairyhedgehog: That's so cool! Awesome that you got to go there.

I wonder why, too.

Diane: I like history myself. :)

Ann: I've thought about being an archaeologist--think of all that's out there!

It IS great!!

KK Brees: Definitely. ;D

Emily: Learning is the best!

I'm glad you like my blog!

Lydia: I wasn't so much for the casts, but I found all the architecture interesting. :)

Alex: You're welcome!

Talli: Certainly!


Nancy: Some cities/towns just slide into obscurity, even though they're really interesting places!