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Villa of the Papyri (Herculaneum)

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In 1752, a team lead by Swiss architect and engineer Karl Weber, excavated the Villa dei Papiri, "the only sizable library from the ancient world to emerge intact." This ancient library had been discovered two years earlier in Herculaneum, a town destroyed, along with Pompeii, during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. The Villa dei Papiri contained hundreds of ancient scrolls, many of which...

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