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Near Naples, Italy, ruins from a villa by the sea were found. It’s believed that Pliny the Elder, a Roman philosopher, was there to witness the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The site was discovered during an excavation for a playground.
Pliny the Elder, a native of Rome, sailed to Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE in an attempt to save people. His nephew and adopted son Pliny the Younger wrote about having witnessed Pliny’s death from toxic gas not long after.
Pliny the Elder, a wealthy commander and prolific writer of the Misenum, a fleet that protected the coasts from pirates. His compendium about natural history is his most famous work.
The ruins of Punta SarparellaRecent excavations were made after a swimming pools was removed in order to build a playground. Located in Bacoli, a commune of Naples that was known as Misenum during ancient Roman times, when it was a major port city, the town matches Pliny’s written descriptions.
The villa has a view to Mount Vesuvius, which is only 20 miles away. This makes it a good candidate, according Italy’s ministry of culture. Pliny, the Elder, would have hosted banquets at his estate and others. Archaeologists have noted that it is possible that this estate belonged to a rich Roman citizen.
The remaining walls, Italian Ministry of Culture archaeologist Simona Formola told CNN, made of soft limestone known by the name tufa and extended to reach the beach. Ten large rooms would have existed, as well as multiple panoramic terraces. Excavations are expected to continue over several months, and could provide more information about the villa and naval base nearby.