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Pompeii British & World English

An ancient city in western Italy, south-east of Naples. The city was buried by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in ad 79; excavations of the site began in 1748, revealing well-preserved remains of buildings, mosaics, furniture, and the personal possessions of the city’s inhabitants

Pompeii New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

ancient city in western Italy, buried by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 ad