Recreating the Ancient Spirit of Pompeii with Light According to the poet Horace, the streets of ancient Rome were unlit and populated by undesirable characters at night. We must therefore assume that the empire's smaller towns, such as Pompeii, weren't even lit by torches after dusk. Therefore, the new system for illuminating the ancient town had no historical documentation to enable new instruments to be based on the position, shape, or other features of the original light sources. The ...

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