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[pom-pey, -pey-ee] /pɒmˈpeɪ, -ˈpeɪ i/

an ancient city in SW Italy, on the Bay of Naples: it was buried along with Herculaneum by an eruption of nearby Mount Vesuvius in a.d. 79; much of the city has been excavated.
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

Roman town buried by volcanic eruption 79 C.E., excavated beginning in 1755; the name is from Oscan pompe “five,” in reference to its five districts. Related: Pompeian.
Pompeii [(pom-pay, pom-pay-ee)]

A city of the Roman Empire, on the Italian seacoast, that was known for the luxury and dissipated ways of its citizens. It was destroyed in the first century by an eruption of nearby Mount Vesuvius.


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