"TO THE SOURCES OF MY CULTURE AND HISTORY." Top 5 Page for this destination Rome by breughel
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On each of my visits to Rome I have the same feeling of cultural, historical abundance and plenitude.
The abundance of monuments is unequalled.
The famous Guide Michelin proposes a visit program of 7 days, only with 3 star curiosities. No other city provides such abundance which however might lead to some fatigue if not indigestion. I thus prefer short stays in Rome what is obviously easier to realize for somebody living at only two hours flying than when you have to cross the ocean!
Every time I walk on the Via Sacra I say to myself that I am a part of this Latin world.
As my Gallic, actually "Belgae", ancestors became towards 58 before J-C subjects of the Roman Empire, by the force of Julius Caesar's legions, I imagine that one of them had the privilege of becoming a Roman citizen. Maybe I'm wrong (more probably that they were enslaved) but as nobody can contest the matter I feel comfortable about my supposed Roman citizenship and culture all the more as I speak a language derived from Latin.
At its maximum extent, under Emperor Trajan in 117 AD, the Roman Empire counted 60 - 80 millions Roman citizens and as many as 100 - 120 millions people lived within its borders extending from England to Egypt, from Portugal to Syria over 5 millions Km2.
Roman citizens counted for 1/5th of the world's population at the time of the Roman Empire.
The probability that you have Roman ancestors is therefore higher than you might think when you booked your trip to Rome.
As soon as you will walk on the Foro Romano you will feel a very special sensation telling you that your roots are on the Via Sacra.
A successful visit to Rome needs some preparation otherwise you will get lost in the plethora of "things to do" with a monument every 50 m. You will find what you need in good guidebooks or here on VT.
Now if you would like to discover what was the spirit in the Roman Empire, what were the thoughts, worries and satisfactions of a Roman emperor then you should read the best historic novel written on this period of history: "Mémoires d'Hadrien" by Marguerite Yourcenar (Brussels 1903 - Mount Desert, USA 1987, Yourcenar was naturalized American). This book, the memoirs of Emperor Hadrian (117 - 138 AD) successor of Trajan, has been translated in 16 languages but if you understand French try the original edition; you will understand why the author became the first woman admitted at the French Academy.
- Pros:Julius Caesar by invading my country brought Latin civilisation to my ancestors.
- Cons:Julius Caesar killed or enslaved my ancestors.
- In a nutshell:The Source of my Culture.
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