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2011-03-04 07:00:00

NEW YORK, March 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Pompeii The Exhibit: Life and Death in the Shadow of Vesuvius, a new exhibit featuring the largest collection of the victims' body casts and skeletons ever displayed, as well as more than 250 artifacts, some never-before-seen, is making its world premiere at Discovery Times Square (226 West 44th Street) from March 4, 2011 through September 5, 2011. The exhibit examines the life and death of the doomed residents of Pompeii and nearby Herculaneum...

2011-02-16 07:00:00

NEW YORK, Feb. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Pompeii The Exhibit: Life and Death in the Shadow of Vesuvius, a new exhibit featuring the largest collection of the victims' body casts and skeletons ever displayed, as well as more than 250 artifacts, some never-before-seen, is making its world premiere at Discovery Times Square (226 West 44th Street) from March 4, 2011 through September 5, 2011. The exhibit examines the life and death of the doomed residents of Pompeii and nearby Herculaneum...

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2010-12-13 12:35:00

Pompeii mayor Claudio D'Allessio does not want to go down in history linked with Pliny the Younger, the Roman who chronicled the destruction of the ancient city about 2,000 years ago in an eruption of Mount Vesuvius, according to a recent Reuters report. "The city is suffering and losing its pieces," D'Alessio said in a speech as he stood near the Via dell' Abbondanza, the main street leading from the columns of the Forum in the ancient city that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. D'Alessio...

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2009-01-29 07:15:00

Mount Vesuvius has not erupted for the past 65 years, but a geologist warned it continues to remain a threat to hundreds of thousands of people living near the southern Italian city of Naples. "Vesuvius is a very dangerous volcano," Francesco Russo said in Rome. "According to some statistics, there is a 27 percent chance of an explosive eruption in the next 100 years." With so many people potentially at risk, Vesuvius is under close surveillance, with seismographs and a satellite. The...

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2005-07-18 19:40:00

ROME (AP) -- Decorated cups and fine silver platters were once again polished and on display Monday as archaeologists unveiled an ancient Roman dining set that lay hidden for two millennia in the volcanic ash of Pompeii. In 2000, archaeologists found a wicker basket containing the silverware in the ruins of a thermal bath near the remains of the Roman city, said Pietro Giovanni Guzzo, head of Pompeii's archaeological office. The basket was filled with the volcanic ash that buried the city...


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  • A spider.
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'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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