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[pom-pey, -pey-ee] /pɒmˈpeɪ, -ˈpeɪ i/
an ancient city in SW Italy, on the Bay of Naples: it was buried along with Herculaneum by an eruption of nearby Mount Vesuvius in a.d. 79; much of the city has been excavated. Unabridged
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  • We are going up Vesuvius, of course, and to Herculaneum and Pompeii, and the usual places.

  • The street might have been a byway in old Pompeii for all the life that moved within it.

    The Life of the Party Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
  • The number of people who have visited Pompeii solely because the Bay of Naples was in an ugly mood will never be counted.

  • What is Pompeii, and all that is found there, but one vast heathen relic?

    Loss and Gain John Henry Newman
  • There is no building, even in the Strada Tribunali, which was standing when Pompeii 134 was a city.

    Naples Past and Present Arthur H. Norway
British Dictionary definitions for Pompeii


an ancient city in Italy, southeast of Naples: buried by an eruption of Vesuvius (79 ad); excavation of the site, which is extremely well preserved, began in 1748
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Word Origin and History for Pompeii

Roman town buried by volcanic eruption 79 C.E., excavated beginning in 1755; the name is from Oscan pompe "five," in reference to its five districts. Related: Pompeian.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Pompeii in Culture
Pompeii [(pom-pay, pom-pay-ee)]

A city of the Roman Empire, on the Italian seacoast, that was known for the luxury and dissipated ways of its citizens. It was destroyed in the first century by an eruption of nearby Mount Vesuvius.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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