April 9, 2013

Pompeii. October, 1984

One of the things I remember reading about the eruption of Vesuvius, the burying of nearby Pompeii in ashes and lava, is that people were caught unawares, overwhelmed in the activities of daily life. The blacksmith hammering, the baker removing loaves from his oven, the housewife shopping. Just like this woman here, returning home from the modern city’s central market, bags in hand, taking a shortcut through the famous excavations. Careful, honey.

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