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Monday Mix-ins: Pompeii

May 7th, 2018

{photo by Sergey Ashmarin on Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0}

It’s an explosive week here on Monday Mix-ins! Today we will share some video and website resources to further investigate the catastrophic eruption of Mr. Vesuvius in 79 A.D. and the destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Enjoy these links, but please preview or watch with your kids:


Visit Pompeii | Travel for Kids – A short slide show with photos of the houses, buildings, and artwork from Pompeii:

Pompeii – A 3-minute overview from the History Channel.

Pompeii, Italy: Window on Ancient Rome – This is a travel and educational video about what we know of Ancient Rome from the ruins of Pompeii:


Geography Lesson: The Last Day of Pompeii – A video clip about the eruption of Vesuvius:


A Day in Pompeii – An 8-1/2 minute animation of what that fatal day might have been like, “filmed” from one spot at different times of the day. It’s pretty impressive!:


Pompeii: The Last Day – From the BBC, here’s a 41-minute documentary:


PBS - Roman City - David Macaulay – If you didn’t watch this before, here’s another opportunity. This is an animated and live-action documentary about Ancient Rome, and in this video Macaulay visits Pompeii to view Roman architecture:


Bill Nye the Science Guy: Volcanoes – Here’s a short video explaining how volcanoes work:


Here are a few more videos just for fun:

Lava song – This is the Disney-Pixar animated short called “Lava,” which was featured with the film “Inside Out:”


How to make 2000-year-old bread – For those who like to bake - watch chef Giorgio Locatelli make bread using a recipe from the time of Pompeii:


BASTILLE // Pompeii at The British Museum – Fans of this song will like this acoustic version performed at the British Museum for their “Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum” exhibit in 2013:



The World of Caius – Follow an 8-year-old urchin through the town of Pompeii to learn how a Roman boy lived.

Explore Pompeii – Another interactive site to learn about Pompeii and Vesuvius

The Lost City of Pompeii – A National Geographic Kids website

DK Find Out!: Pompeii – From Discovery Kids

Archeological Areas of Pompeii – Take a “Google street view” virtual tour of one of the ruins of Pompeii.

Work and Play in Everyday Pompeii – A gallery of photos from the archaeological remains at Pompeii

Objects discovered at Pompeii – From the British Museum, here’s a short video and photos of objects found in the ruins of Pompeii.

The Destruction of Pompeii, 79 A.D. – Read an account by the Roman writer Pliny of the eruption of the volcano Vesuvius.

Loot Pursuit: Pompeii – This is an app for iOS devices where kids solve math problems to help recover stolen Roman artifacts. Aimed at ages 9-11.


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