Pompeii: The Last Day
Jan 26, 2005
On August 24, AD 79, Mount Vesuvius erupted with horrifying force, showering Pompeii with ash, smoke and rock. The city lay undisturbed under several feet of volcanic debris for more than 1,500 years. Now, with the help of eyewitness accounts, dramatic reenactments, expert investigations and incredible CGI, follow a cast of Pompeiians ? among them were gladiators, soldiers, slaves and ordinary families ? as they wake to the absolute horror of the early-morning eruption.
Miraculously some escaped, but most were entombed forever exactly where they fell, preserved by the volcanic ash. The seal of wet ashes also preserved public structures, temples, theatres, baths, shops and even private homes. Drawing from the abundance of buried evidence, experts reconstruct the lives of actual people who lived in Pompeii ? and reveal the spectacle of one of ancient history’s most dramatic disasters through the eyes of the people who lived through a volcanic eruption so immense, it buried an entire city!
Airs for the first time state-side on January 30, 2005.