Murder, Mayhem and Madness Monday: A Trip To Pompeii


Some of the photos may be disturbing to some people.  I have taken pictures from my visit to Pompeii and a few are of the victims.

When you think of the word mayhem many thing may pop in your head.  Maybe you’re thinking of a earthquake or shopping on Black Friday.  There are very few events that happened before the 1700’s for which people universally know most of the details.  One of my favorite and well-known historical events of mayhem and murder is Pompeii on August 24, 79 AD

For those who don’t know about Pomeii I will give you a bit of information.  Mount Vesuvius erupted on near the Roman town of Pompeii near Naples, Italy.  The town was covered in ashes and the people that didn’t make it out of town died.

Mount Vesuvius

You might be wondering why I said murder.  Well that is because some slaves and even pets were chained to houses.

Cast of a victim clearing covering his face to protect it from ash.

Victim of volcano

belt indicating he was a slave

The event itself isn’t the only reason why Pompeii is important.  The city was burned and covered in ashes while Roman citizens were living life as they did back in 79 AD.

Street signOne of the many storage rooms of artifacts

Fast food restaurant


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Naomi Bulger
    Aug 22, 2011 @ 15:28:40

    I was in Pompeii a couple of years back and, like you (and probably like most visitors), I found the humanity of the place so deeply disturbing and sad. I was lucky to be taken on a personal tour to some of the places that are closed to the public. Whole families, cowering under the leaves of vineyards that are today being grown in situ in exactly the same way, a ‘living archaeology’ project. Thank you for this tour, and for bringing back haunting memories.


  2. Megan Nafke
    Aug 22, 2011 @ 15:43:11

    That was a beautifully written post. You are so right about the feeling of sadness. You were very lucky to get a personal tour. If you don’t mind me asking, which areas did you get to see? I ended up on a group tour. Most of the people were upset because someone brought a child, so the guide refused to take him to the brothel areas.


  3. jennifer tanner
    Aug 22, 2011 @ 15:44:05

    Very haunting. And to think civilizations were built by slave labor is unsettling as well.


  4. Megan Nafke
    Aug 22, 2011 @ 19:51:22

    I like the word, haunting to describe Pompeii. Thank you so much for your comment.


  5. patriciasands
    Aug 23, 2011 @ 09:12:29

    Thanks for sharing those photos, Megan. Visiting Pompeii is an unforgettable experience and definitely a reminder of how quickly life can change. Carpe diem!


  6. tamerietherton
    Aug 23, 2011 @ 19:30:31

    When I see photos like this, I can’t help but wonder, ‘What were his last thoughts?’. It’s such a tragedy and to think they had no way of escaping because someone chained them to the house. Haunting, indeed.


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