The Statue of Eumachia, revealed during the excavation of Pompeii in the early 1800s, by Sir William Gell. Eumachia was the public priestess of Venus in Pompeii during the middle of the 1st century AD. Eumachia was the matron of the fullers, a trade guild of dyers and clothing-makers. She is viewed as a model for the increasing involvement of women in politics.
Pompeii was an ancient Roman city near Naples in Italy. Pompeii was buried under ~6 m (20 ft) of ash by the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Excavation of Pompeii revealed fascinating details about life in the ancient Roman empire.