"To be discovered, over the years" Rome by alza
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Statue seen at Fori Imperiali
A FASCIBUS RENOVATIS
August had many names, here "To the emperor, Caesar, Son of the Divine,
August, Father of the Nation"
They forgot Pontifex Maximus but he probably got that title after the statue had been marked.
August is taking the rhetorical ad locutio pose, to make an impression on the troops he is addressing. This statue shows a return to the Greek style, emphasising youth, strength, leadership, heroes.
The message is that August is the best man to govern Rome.
He looks exactly like the Augustus of Prima Porta (supposed to be in the Vatican Museums.) And the pointed index reminds me of the huge hand from Constantine's statue... political speeches were already the norm.
The walk along Fori Imperiali is all I ever imagined Rome to be.
...July 2010: back from a month in Italy, with a week in Malta in the middle. Most of my time was spent in Rome and I found a lot of new stuff so I'll try to update this page a bit.
Main noticeable change for me was that the sector round Termini Station has become quite a Little Asia. You'll find stores that sell all sorts of goods from trinkets to clothes, all quite cheap. Also lots of beauty/nails salons, cleaners, cafés, bars, restaurants, etc. Some stores just seem to be full of boxes and piles of material or other, often made me wonder what they actually sell.
I walked in that sector for 9 days and it looked more like a refuge for newcomers to Rome from Asia. Store owners gather outside and talk together but don't seem interested in inviting you in when you stop to look at their window. It's like a closed community for now, I think.
I landed in Rome and spent 2 days there (Vatican City) before leaving for Tuscany. The weather was superb during those 2 days and I took 227 photos, some at sunrise... I had gotten up at 5 a.m., a feat for me. But my memory card was broken in a Foto Ottica shop so I lost those pics.
I found it very pleasant and restful to stay in Vatican City the first days of my trip. There are crowds there too but the atmosphere is different from, say, Piazza Navona or the Spanish Steps. It was great walking by St.Peter's Square and going straight for Porta Angelica and Borgo Pio. Some nice cafés and restaurants in the area. And those calendars of young priests showing off funky hairdos are so funny!
Back in Rome for the last 9 days of my trip. I tried to replace my lost photos but this doesn't really work. Also, this time, the weather wasn't as good and most pics look grey to me...
I went to Testaccio and San Lorenzo for the first time and enjoyed knowing a "Rome of Romans", rather than seeing mostly tourists all day.
But in Rome's Centro historico, it's very natural to be surrounded by other visitors and in any case, Rome always seemed to be a city where everyone is "home" in their own way.
Piazza dell'Esedra is my first and best ever memory of Rome. It's the first piazza to welcome travellers arriving from... more travel advice
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