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It was a major catastrophe in human history — the day in 79AD when the Roman seaport of Pompeii was buried under the ashes of Vesuvius and countless people were killed.

Pompeii was preserved perfectly and is a snapshot of Roman antiquity. The city has become a symbol of this entire epoch. And nearly 2,000 years after the eruption, the myth of Pompeii has lost none of its fascination. Close to four million tourists visit the well-preserved remains of the ancient city every year.

But the history of Pompeii does not end with its terrible downfall. The documentary Eternal Pompeii tells for the first time what happened after the devastating volcanic eruption: a story about how to deal with the natural disaster, about the resolute intervention of the Roman emperor Titus and about the economic revival of the destroyed region.