Why we love Rome

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  • Athens in the Roman Empire - The statue of Athena upon the Acropolis suddenly turned to the west and spit blood. – Cassius Dio (AD155-235) In 87 BC, during the 1st of the Mithridatic Wars of Rome vs ...
  • Greece and the Roman Empire - Much has been written about what the Romans took from the Greeks. The Greeks still say they were the originators. The Romans still say they made it better. Greek sculpture ...
  • Ancient water and the Park of the Aqueducts - Rome was founded in 753 BC along the banks of the Tiber River. 400 years later the Tiber was so polluted, the city needed to find a new water supply. ...
  • September in Rome – 2017 - In 2017, Rome, and all of Italy, suffered the worst drought in 60 years. Rainfall was close to 80% below normal. The water flow to Rome has been continuous, without ...
  • Ancient Greece in Sicily – Akragas (Agrigento) - Akragas – Agrigento Around 580 BC, the wealthy colony of Gela in the south of the island began trading their crops to the west, to the Sicani, Elymian and the ...
  • Ancient Greece in Sicily – Segesta vs. Selinunte - The colonization of Sicily in the 8th century BC pretty much kept the Greeks to the East and the Carthaginians to the West, but by the 7th century BC the ...
  • Ancient Greece in Sicily – Syracuse - Sicily is the melting pot of Italy, a cultural mélange that has taken over 10,000 years to create. From around the 9th millennium BC till around 1200 BC the island ...
  • Pausylipon: Imperial Villa, ancient tunnels and eels - Once upon a time in the 1st century BC, Publius Vedius Pollio, a freedman of modest origins worked his way up the social ladder to become an Equestrian (Knight), economic ...
  • The most beautiful Piazza in Rome - Architects of the Renaissance created the concept of the Piazza in the 15th century, a redesign of the urban landscape into marketplaces and public spaces surrounded by buildings. Piazze (or ...
  • Via Scelerata and the Evil Steps - A foreign visitor stopped me on the via Cavour and with two words he asked one of the most frequent tourist questions in Rome’s Monti District. “Saint Peters?” He phrased ...
  • Provence – The Roman Province along the via Julia - Along the via Julia Augusta (via Aurelia): Aix, Pont Flavien, Frejus, Nice, La Turbie In 13 BC, the via Julia Augusta went east from Arelate (Arles) to Aix en Provence, ...
  • Provence – The Roman Province along the via Agrippa - Along the via Agrippa: Arles (Arelate), Barbegal Mill, Carpentras (Carpentoracte), Orange (Arausio), Vaison La Romaine (Vasio), Vienne (Viennensium) The three great roads of the Roman Province were the via Domitia, the via Agrippa and the ...