In 79 CE, an eruption by Mount Vesuvius erased the city of Pompeii from the map, but it also preserved the people of the city and their way of life. 700 BCE – the city of Pompeii, 14 miles (23 km) southeast of Naples is settled by the Etruscans. Pompeii is just 6 miles (10 km) from the slumbering volcano, Mount Vesuvius. 62 CE – an earthquake originating at Vesuvius causes significant damage to both Pompeii and its neighboring city Herculaneum. 79 CE – Pompeii is home to many wealthy Romans, who build grand villas filled with lavish decorations and works of art. Airflow across the Mediterranean brings needed moisture to the area, and Pompeiians are able to farm barley, wheat, millet, grapes, olives, walnuts, pine nuts, chestnuts, hazelnuts, chickpeas, beans, figs, pears, onions, garlic, peaches, and dates. The rich, volcanic soil also helps locals produce an abundance of excellent wine, which is exported to the rest of Italy. In Pompeii, the wine was the beverage of choice even for children, and “Happy Hour” lasted all day. Pompeiian wine was mixed with herbs and honey, and at the bar of Amarantus, dice were found, showing that games of chance were ...