In 79 AD, the dormant volcano, Mt. Vesuvius, erupted. The day had started out normally, but slowly turned into doomsday for the citizens of Pompeii. The volcano's eruption buried the ancient Roman city of Pompeii under a thick layer of volcanic ash. This event was important to Rome because they could have learned not to build cities by volcanoes. Two thousand people died, and the city was abandoned for almost 2000 years. In 1748, when archeologists rediscovered Pompeii, perfectly preserved, everything was left as it had been before the historical disaster. Since then, Archaeologists have found perfectly preserved items such as bread, fruit and other everyday household items. This event is remembered today because of the remains that were found almost perfectly preserved. We can learn a lot about ancient Roman life from this event.