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Introduction

Neither Pompeii nor Herculaneum was a particularly significant Roman town. Even within the region of Campania, they were not as large or as important as Naples or Puteoli; not as fashionable as Baiae or Stabiae; not as strategically important as Misenum, nor as celebrated in literature as Cumae. No inhabitant of Pompeii or Herculaneum made a significant impact on Roman literature or politics. No crucial moments in Rome’s history hinge upon them.