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14 legendary lost cities

By: Bryan Nelson on May 21, 2014, 3:53 p.m.

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Once a thriving ancient Roman town-city located near modern day Naples, Pompeii was almost instantly wiped out by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79. The ash and pumice inundated the city so rapidly that the ruins at Pompeii represent a near snapshot in time. Today the site is protected as a World Heritage Site.