Remarkably, however, the town was so covered in ash that the bodies of those who died stayed incredibly preserved. Over two million people visit Pompeii each year to get a glimpse of what things were like for these people when tragedy struck. But one body may be giving a glimpse of something a little more, well, personal.
This picture of one of the Pompeii has recently gotten a lot of attention. Nobody can say for sure what he was doing at the time, but everyone can say for sure what he appears to be doing. And people can't stop talking about it.
The photo was tweeted out by Twitter user Persian Rose in July 2017. She didn't feel the need to sugar-coat his activity, and instead used the headline "Masturbating man, Pompeii, 79 CE." (For those unaware, CE stands for "Commone Era," and can be used interchangeably with A.D.)
This Twitter user imagined he initially did have a partner. But she left to evacuate, while he still wanted to finish and stayed. So either his priorities were out of order, or they were in the absolutely right order.
How old is ancient Rome? Let's put it this way - the computers were so primitive, the web browsers didn't even have a private mode. Maybe having your browser history erased because your computer was destroyed by volcanic ash is for the best.
Hopefully the producers of the Die Hard movies are paying attention. The next Die Hard movie needs to be a prequel set in Pompeii at the time of the eruption, with Bruce Willis playing the guy in the photo. The only problem is they'd have to reuse the title of an existing Die Hard movie.
This is a good re-purposing of a Julius Caesar quote, but it might not be accurate. We have no evidence that the guy in the photo did any kind of seeing or conquering. And, sadly, we also can't be sure if the final part of this quote actually happened or not either.
But perhaps we should be thinking optimistically, like this person is doing. Sure, we only know of one eruption that definitely happened. But let's assume a second one happened too, and this guy's life truly had a happy ending.
Perhaps this is the lesson to be learned from this whole photo. You don't know what the future holds, so seize the day in any way you can. Take time to enjoy yourself...which may or may not include literally "enjoying" yourself.