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People of Pompeii

In this clip from "Pompeii: The Last Day," we step back in time to learn what happened when Vesuvius powerfully exploded, burying the towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum. 

This BBC docudrama, which relies heavily on Pliny the Younger's eyewitness account, also uses computer-generated images to recreate what may have happened during the towns' final moments. 
 
The story of Julius Polybius and his family is based on a 1975 discovery, in Pompeii, of skeletons in the House of Julius Polybius.  Among the skeletons discovered was one of a heavily pregnant girl who appeared to be surrounded by her family.  The girl's body was found on a bed.  The bones of her fetus were also discovered.

This clip is part one of the story.

See, also:

Pompeii and Vesuvius

The Last Day of Pompeii

Pompeii - While Vesuvius Erupts

Final Moments of Pompeii

Death of People in Pompeii


Media Credits

Clip from "Pompeii:  The Last Day," a docudrama produced by the BBC (in association with TLC/NDR) and co-produced in association with France 2.  Original air date, on BBC One, was October 20, 2003. 

Copyright BBC, all rights reserved.  Clip provided here as fair use for educational purposes and to acquaint new viewers with the program.

The film is based, in part, on Pliny the Younger's letters about the Vesuvius eruption.  It uses computer-generated images to recreate what the eruption must have been like for the residents of Pompeii.  Online, via BBC's Channel at YouTube.

Written by:    
Edward Canfor-Dumas

Director:    
Peter Nicholson

Narrator:
Alisdair Simpson

Starring:    
Tim Pigott-Smith (Pliny the Elder)
Alex Furguson (Pliny the Younger)
Katherine Whitburn (Julia)
Jim Carter (Polybius)

 

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