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Romans usually read aloud, which must have made libraries noisy places. 37 Cleo, the Muse of storytelling Vergil Melpomene, the Muse of tragedy < Writers Roman writers wrote on every possible subject, including science, religion, natural history, farming, medicine, architecture, military tactics, and water management. There were also Roman poets, historians, biographers, and travel writers. This mosaic from Tunisia shows Rome’s greatest poet Vergil (70-19 bc) holding a copy of his most famous poem, the Aeneid.

Fiorelli devised the technique of injecting plaster into these spaces to create lifelike models. This cast is of a man found lying in the street, leaning on one arm. He was buried so quickly by the ashes that he had died before he had time to lie down. DOG Animals as well as humans suffered on the day Vesuvius erupted. Here, afraid and writhing in agony from the burning ash, is a guard dog still wearing its collar. The dog's body was found inside the entrance hall of the house of Vesonius Primus.

A 344-m (1,130-ft)-long barrier called the spina (spine) ran down the middle of the track. This was decorated with statues and monuments, including two Egyptian obelisks. The chariots raced around the spina in an anticlockwise direction, turning at posts called metae. THE RACE RIVAL TEAMS The charioteers belonged to rival teams named after four colours – green, red, white, and blue. Each had its own stables, trainers, grooms, and horses. Like today's football supporters, obsessive fans cheered on their teams and gambled on them winning.

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