Pompeii Timeline

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  • c. 80 BCE
    Roman aqueduct built at Pompeii.
  • 80 BCE
    Sulla sacks Pompeii following a rebellion and founds the 'Colony of Venus', resettling 4-5,000 war veterans.
  • c. 75 BCE
    The amphitheatre of Pompeii is built.
  • 59 CE
    A riot in the arena of Pompeii between locals and citizens of Nuceria results in a ten-year ban on gladiator games in Pompeii.
  • 5 Feb 62 CE
    A violent earthquake damages Pompeii, Herculaneum, and other towns in Campania.
  • 64 CE
    Emperor Nero visits Pompeii.
  • Aug 79 CE - Oct 79 CE
    Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in southern Italy burying the towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum in volcanic ash.