The lesson from Pompeii

This is the time that all of us are threatened by the danger of Swine Flu outbreak and pandemic.There are always the signs and lessons to be learned from the past history of the great nations and its disastrous downfall.

The following photos and youtube video are about a great Roman City called Pompeii.

pompeii_the_last_day_1Pompeii the last day

pompeiMt Vesuvius eruption

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It was destroyed by the eruption of a volcano called Mt Vesuvius. Estimated 20,000 people were buried alive under the ash, molten rocks and larvae of Mt Vesuvius, which started erupting on the August 24th 79AD.

There were arguments about the life style and social illness of the people of Pompeii. I have found the following part of the history  from Wikepedia . I feel that part is  worth for sharing with the readers;

“Some have theorized that Fontana found some of the famous erotic frescoes and, due to the strict modesty prevalent during his time, reburied them in an attempt at archaeological censorship. This view is bolstered by reports of later excavators who felt that sites they were working on had already been visited and reburied. Even many recovered household items had a sexual theme. The ubiquity of such imagery and items indicates that the sexual mores of the ancient Roman culture of the time were much more liberal than most present-day cultures, although much of what might seem to us to be erotic imagery (eg oversized phalluses) was in fact fertility-imagery. This clash of cultures led to an unknown number of discoveries being hidden away again. A wall fresco which depicted Priapus, the ancient god of sex and fertility, with his extremely enlarged penis, was covered with plaster, even the older reproduction below was locked away “out of prudishness” and only opened on request and only rediscovered in 1998 due to rainfall [21].

In 1819, when King Francis I of Naples visited the Pompeii exhibition at the National Museum with his wife and daughter, he was so embarrassed by the erotic artwork that he decided to have it locked away in a secret cabinet, accessible only to “people of mature age and respected morals”. Re-opened, closed, re-opened again and then closed again for nearly 100 years, it was briefly made accessible again at the end of the 1960s (the time of the sexual revolution) and was finally re-opened for viewing in 2000. Minors are still only allowed entry to the once secret cabinet in the presence of a guardian or with written permission.[22]

Above paragraphs clearly demonstrate that there were some attempts to hide and rewrite the real nature and history of the  people of Pompeii by Archeologists and Rulers.

The purpose of writing this post is to learn the lesson that as an individual or a society when people  have transgress the Divine Law of Allah, there will be the punishment for them both in this  world and  in hereafter.

Allah knows the best,

Kyaw Kyaw Oo

2 thoughts on “The lesson from Pompeii

  1. Lalar says:

    Assalarmolaikum
    ဒီဘေလာ့ကို ဖတ္ရတာ အရမ္း ဗဟုသုတရပါတယ္။ စိတ္ဝင္စားဘို႔လည္းသိပ္ေကာင္းပါတယ္။ အခုလို share လုပ္တဲ့ အတြက္ ေက်းဇူးပါ။
    May Allah Bless you Always

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