Italy Photo Essays

The Roman Forum-a photo essay

When I visited the Roman Forum it was hard imagining the ruins before me once being “the glory that was Rome.” While some have been beautifully preserved, others are nothing but crumbling stone (understandably considering they’re thousands of years old). And yet this was once the epicenter of the world and just to be able to walk along its former streets was a traveler’s dream come true. Hollywood movies like Gladiator may bring to life ancient Rome on the big screen through the use of modern computer technology; however, nothing is as vivid as standing there in person, standing on the same place that who knows, Julius Caesar might have stood himself back in the ancient day.

The Forum was the center of political, commercial, and judicial life in ancient Rome. And as the playwright Plautus once said about the area, “it teemed with lawyers and litigants, bankers and brokers, shopkeepers and strumpets, good-for-nothings waiting for a tip from the rich.”

Temple of Saturn

Arch of Titus

Temple of Romulus

Temple of Antoninus and Faustina

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5 Comments

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    Davide
    August 20, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    Nice pictures! Rome is one of my favourite cities in the world, then again being Italian I might be a bit biased! Thanks for sharing!

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    Jo Ann M.
    August 21, 2013 at 12:28 am

    I don’t know how anyone could not be interested in history like this! To stand amongst ruins that would later inspire many seems like a privilege. Maybe someday I will be able to experience it for myself!

    Gorgeous photos!

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    the red headed traveler
    August 21, 2013 at 1:06 am

    @Davide-Thanks for commenting and the kind words! You’re allowed to be biased since you can call Rome “yours” :)The amount of history found there is unparalleled!

    @Jo Ann-To think on the amount of history that the Roman Forum has seen is simply mind boggling! I hope too you’ll experience it one day in person!

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    ~Holly~
    August 21, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Thanks for the fabulous photos! Makes me excited. I’m headed back to Italy in the fall. Rome, here I come!!

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    the red headed traveler
    August 22, 2013 at 1:25 am

    How exciting you’ll be living la dolce vita in such a short bit! I would love to head back to Italy, especially Rome. I feel like I would appreciate stuff a lot more this time around!

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