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Until 90-89 BC Pompeii was a Samnite city allied to Rome, but rebelled against her mighty ally and, as a consequence, the city was besieged by general Sulla during the so called "Social War". Even today it can be seen deep holes made by the stone projectiles launched by Roman's military machine against the northern walls of Pompeii. Eventually Pompeii surrended to the Romans at 89 BC, and became a fully Roman town until the eruption in 79AD.
Some views of the wall and a tower remain between the "Herculaneum" and "Vesuvius" gates, particularly showing the stone projectiles marks at the walls, supposedly from the siege at 89 BC:
D7000 + Nikkor 20mm f/2.8 ais CPU'd hand held, ISO 250, f/5.6 at 1/250s. ~20% cropped.
Defensive tower remnants near Vesuvius Gate at Pompeii northern Wall.
D7000 + Nikkor 20mm f/2.8 ais CPU'd hand held, ISO 250, f/8 at 1/60s. ~10% cropped.
Holes of ballista (or other Roman artillery machine) projectiles near Vesuvius Gate at Pompeii northern Wall.
D7000 + Nikkor 55mm f/3.5 ai hand held, ISO 320, f/5.6 at 1/400s.
Holes of Roman artillery projectiles near Herculaneum Gate at Pompeii northern Wall.
D7000 + Nikkor 55mm f/3.5 ai hand held, ISO 320, f/5.6 at 1/500s.
Closer view of the holes left at the wall by Roman artillery projectiles near Herculaneum Gate.
Very nice, Jose. Really enjoying all your images from Pompeii.
We will be in Sorrento this Sept and will do day trips to Pompeii & Herculaneum. Maybe Vesuvius.