Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English homepage

Pompeii

     
Pompeii
an ancient city in southern Italy, southeast of Naples, which was buried under the ash and lava (=hot liquid rock) from the volcano Mount Vesuvius when it suddenly erupted in 79AD. Everything was preserved exactly as it was then, because the ash and lava covered it completely. When scientists started to dig the city up in the 18th century, they learned a lot about how ordinary people lived in Roman times.

Dictionary pictures of the day
Do you know what each of these is called?
What is the word for picture 1? What is the word for picture 2? What is the word for picture 3? What is the word for picture 4?
Click on any of the pictures above to find out what it is called.

Explore our topic dictionary