203 Pompeja

This minor planet is named after the ancient Roman city of Pompeii. Unlike the modern-day city of Pompei, Italy, it is present in the cultural consciousness only because it was completely buried under volcanic ash as a result of the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 CE. Due to the preservative nature of the disaster, we know a lot about how people lived in this ancient city - and what many of them were doing when they died.

The symbol for this asteroid is a volcano with an erupting spring atop it, as in the symbol for 13897 Vesuvius, with a Roman numeral five below it, as the city of Pompeii likely got its name from the Oscan word for five.

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