I remember the National Geographic's article on Pompeii, and since then, I've wanted to go there. In the year 79 AD, Italy's Mt. Vesuvius erupted with superheated ash that rained fiery death on several Roman cities nearby. But none was hit harder than vacation town Pompeii, which was buried in a thick layer of broiling ash in a matter of seconds.
Pompeii, House of Venus in a Shell. On the rear wall of the peristyle are three large paintings on a blue background. The left hand painting is of the god Mars shown standing naked on a plinth while holding a lance & a shield. Around him the foliaged garden is teeming with bird life. AD 79 eruption