Ancient city of Herculaneum is located at the northwestern foot of Vesuvius. Destroyed, together with Pompeii and Stabiae, by the eruption of AD 79. Buried under a mass of tufa preserved many fragile items. Excavation began in the 18th century and uncovered numerous artifacts, including paintings and furniture. Later work uncovered the palaestra (sports ground) and a vast central swimming pool.
B.K. BAZHE is a writer, poet, and artist. He is the author of DAMAGES (creative nonfiction) — Winner in the Writers Digest Awards and IDENTITIES (poetry). He is published and exhibited in Europe and America.