Almost 2,000 years ago, this man ran for his life as a volcanic eruption destroyed his city. Now, archaeologists have discovered his mangled remains. But it wasn’t lava from Mount Vesuvius that killed this unfortunate resident of the Italian town of Pompeii. And now experts have unraveled his terrifying last moments.
The story began in 79 A.D., when Pompeii was at the height of its popularity. Founded over half a century earlier, the city – which was located close to where Naples is today – had become part of the Roman Republic in 89 B.C. At this point, many of the empire’s influential citizens began building villas in the area.