Tag: Rome

  • Colosseum cleaning yields old frescos/graffiti

    ROME —A long-delayed restoration of the Colosseum’s only intact internal passageway has yielded ancient traces of red, black, green and blue frescoes — as well as graffiti and drawings of phallic symbols — indicating that the arena where gladiators fought was far more colorful than previously thought.Officials unveiled the discoveries Friday and said the passageway […]

  • The Gladiator Tomb

    AArrrghh… it’s just maddening! In 2008 archaeologists discover the 2nd century tomb of a wealthy senator, distinguished consul, and highly decorated battle-hardened general who led 20 years worth of Roman military campaigns for Emperor Marcus Aurelius against the Germanic tribes. Marcus Nonius Macrinus was possibly the closest confidant of the philosopher Emperor, and also served […]

  • The Secrets of Ancient Rome’s Buildings

    Smithsonian Magazine What is it about Roman concrete that keeps the Pantheon and the Colosseum still standing? The Colosseum, inaugurated in A.D. 80, seated 50,000 and hosted gladiatorial games, ritual animal hunts, parades and executions The Romans started making concrete more than 2,000 years ago, but it wasn’t quite like today’s concrete. They had a […]

  • Today’s Photo: The Pantheon at Night

    Built by Marcus Agrippa in 27 BC, on the Campus Martius (Field of Mars), the original Pantheon burned during a large fire in 80 AD.  Soon after the fire, it was rebuilt by Domitian, only to be burned again in 110 AD.  The current structure, likely designed by Trajan’s architect Apollodorus of Damascus, is credited […]

  • Today’s Photo: Flavian Amphitheater in Rome (The Colosseum)

    Building on the site of the Emperor Nero’s private lake, the construction of the Amphitheatrum Flavium (Flavian Amphitheater) was begun in 72 AD by the Emperor Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus, and was completed 8 years later by his successor, and son, Titus. Today it is usually referred to as “The Colosseum”–likely referring to the […]

  • Today’s Photo: Arch of Gallienus

    Located on Rome’s Esquiline Hill, on the site of the Porta Esquilina, the Arch of Gallienus was commissioned in 262 AD by Marcus Aurelius Victor in honor of the Emperor Gallienus.  Originally consisting of three arches, only one survives today.

  • Today’s Photo: Pons Aemilius, The Ponte Rotto, Rome

      Located immediately downstream from Tiber Island, the Ponte Rotto (Broken Bridge) was originally erected during the 3rd century BC.  The bridge was likely constructed as part of the Via Aurelia, the road to Etruria.  The visible remains seen today are all that is left of the structure, rebuilt in the late 1st century BC […]

  • Today’s Photo: Gameboard in the Roman Forum, Rome

    Several of these gameboards can be found scattered about the Roman Forum, in Rome.  This one is etched into the steps of the Basilica Julia.

  • The Roman Forum

    Located at the center of the modern city of Rome, the Forum was the heart of the ancient Roman Republic, the focal point of religious, commercial, judiciary and political life.  The oldest public structures to be found in the city are here, in the Forum.  The “zero” mile marker, the hub of the Roman road […]

  • Public restrooms in the Ancient Roman world

    A shy, private person would not have an easy time of things in ancient Rome.  Bathing was typically conducted as a group activity, the baths of Caracalla in the city of Rome could accommodate upwards of 1600 bathers, and “going to the powder room” was often a group effort as well.  Rome gave us lots […]

  • One last look at Rome…

    It seems that I’ve recovered from my jet-lag.  This year it was especially bad.  There are actually gaps in my memory from last week.  I took all the right precautions: regular sleep schedule, time in the sun, exercise, lots of water, no alcohol, no naps etc.  I can recount every minute of our last day: […]

  • Homeward Bound

    I’ve passed the 2000 viewer mark with my blog!!  Thanks everybody for your interest.  As of this morning we are on our way home, with a stop in Roma this afternoon/evening.   We are home tomorrow night and I am ready to take a stand-up shower, sit with a couple of my cats on my lap […]

  • Ostia Antica…

    Ostia Antica…

    Wow!  The summer the trains heading out of Rome for the beach, are packed!  Unfortunately, Ostia Antica (the ancient port town at the mouth of the Tiber) lies 3 stops on the line before you get to the beach.  Luckily, it’s only a 30 minute trip.  Once you get there, you’ll soon realize that it […]

  • In Roma…

    In Roma…

    We survived our flight, noisy students and mediocre in-flight service aside.  When the airline asks you for feedback on your travel experience, do you think they REALLY mean that?  Anyway… Wednesday is mostly a blur.  We checked into our room at Trinity B&B: Huge room, very clean, a working fridge, free air-conditioning and they let […]

  • New Adventures!

    For the next 2 1/2 weeks I’ll be posting from Roma and then Pompeii!  I am returning for a third year to work with the Pompeii Food and Drink Project in the ancient Roman city of Pompeii.   After a few days of sightseeing in and around Rome, we’ll be in Pompeii for 2 full weeks.  […]