Friday, 27 August 2010

When in Rome, do as the Romans do

Today, while on the train on my way to work, I heard an Australian tourist talk about the Colosseum. They were headed to see one if the most famous monuments in the world.

As he was taking, I could see the twinkle in his eye, as he mentioned how once he got inside he was going to take some sand in his hands and rub it between his fingers... just like that scene from "The Gladiator" where Maximus (Russell Crowe) does the same, before going into battle.
It's funny how much we live through movies. So much of what we know, of what we do is dictated and unconsciously influenced by what we see on tv, in the movies or read in books.
Some are true, some aren't.. yet we don't ponder this, we just live vicariously through someone else's portrayal of fact or fiction...
But in this case it IS fiction, dear tourist. I hate to be the one to tell you, but the sand you so fondly mention is long gone.
The bottom wooden floor that once covered the dungeons and other cages and underground areas, has since burned and many other parts of the amphiteatre were destroyed by earthquakes and other natural disasters, crumbled away.
What's left of course is still magnificent and certainly glorious to the eyes of such a "young" culture as the Australian. The earliest stages of the Roman Empire date back to 44 BC and the last signs of its reign are dated back to the year 1453... that's close the 2000 years.
The Colosseum itself dates back to 70-72 AD, that's 72 years after the advent of Christ (considered year 0 of today's calendar.)
The glory of the Roman empire lives on, regardless of the state its "survivors"; this monument stands as a majestic testimony of one of the greatest civilizations that ever roamed and conquered the world.
And I live there!

Roma di notte ~ Rome by night


  1. I like reading that a lot. The main thing what makes Europe so exciting is its history :)
    And the Romain are a big part of it. Those signs of history last for long long time... and makes u remember how small our daily 'problems' can be compared to the history of places like the Colosseum :)

  2. Well Said Pieti, thanks for stopping by!!


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