The Private Lives of Pompeii

The Private Lives of Pompeii offers a fascinating look at the people who lived and died in Pompeii before the catastrophic volcanic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. The entire event was written down and described by Pliny the Younger in 79 BC.

It is estimated the total population of Pompeii was around 16,000–20,000 at its height. The remains of over 1,500 people have been found at Pompeii (and Herculaneum), but the death toll is still unclear.

To fully illustrate The Private Lives of Pompeii, the documentary draws heavily on the archaeological record and contemporary sources to show what life was like in the doomed Roman city.

Fictionalized characters include such characters as: Scaurus Vettius, an ambitious freed slave and Gaius Sabinus, the son of an aging aristocrat.

The Private Lives of Pompeii
  • Info
  • Release date2002
  • Full runtime
  • Director(s)Paul Elston
  • Production companyBrave New Media