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The Streets of Pompeii

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Very Narrow Streets of Pompeii
Pompeii Side Street

Pompeii Side Street

Sam Galison

Some streets in Pompeii can't possibly have held any but pedestrian traffic. Notice the residents still required a deep trough to let water flow down; the detail in the elevated side walk is entrancing.

At some houses and businesses, stone benches and perhaps awnings afforded a resting place for visitors or passersby. It's hard to know exactly--no awnings survived the eruptions.

Sources

For more on the archaeology of Pompeii, see Pompeii: Buried in Ashes. Also see the Walking Tour of the House of the Faun.

Beard, Mary. 2008. The Fires of Vesuvius: Pompeii Lost and Found. Harvard University Press, Cambridge.

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