Were Cities in Ancient Rome Dangerous

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‘City life in Roman Italy was dangerous.’
How far does your study of city life in Roman Italy support this view?
In your answer you should:
· consider in what ways life in Roman cities might be dangerous;
· include analysis of the level of dangers in different cities;
· support your answer with evidence from Pompeii, Ostia and
Herculaneum. [45]

There were few ways in which people could come under harm in ancient Rome as though it was not as developed as the world we live in now, there was still order. The events that would cause people to feel in danger were natural disasters, riots, fires, floods, and rarely an attack by a killer whale. Pompeii and Herculaneum suffered the most from natural disasters. They were struck by two severe events, one of which causing the demise of both cities. The first of which was the earthquake in AD 62, which cause widespread damage. The epicentre of this earthquake was more towards Pompeii but it was felt for miles, even causing damage in Ostia. The damage that the earthquake caused can still be seen in Pompeii as the some findings are still in a state of repair. Because of this earthquake, buildings such as Insula blocks were limited to two stories in their repair. This was so any further earthquakes wouldn’t cause damage to the same extent. The second, and more important natural disaster to strike the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum was the eruption of mount Vesuvius in AD 79. The effects of this disaster were devastating. The ash from this eruption left the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum covered in ash for thousands of years and killed anyone who was still in their homes at the time of the eruption. The danger of this eruption can be observed in Pliny the younger’s account of what happened to his uncle. He explains how he saw a giant ash cloud rise from the volcano and that when…...

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