10 May 2002 - Rome, Italy
My first time in Rome and also the fulfillment of a long held ambition - a visit to the glory that is Rome! A place where the history of mankind has been shaped into what it is today. See where the intrigues of Marc Anthony, Julius Caeser took place; where the mad, bad and great Caesars lived; where gladiators battled and where the ordinary people went about their everyday business - all can be seen at various levels and locations around this great, living museum.
Rome - The Pantheon
Friend of Augustus Caeser, the first Roman Emperor, Agrippa built and dedicated the original Pantheon during his third consulship (27 BC). Agrippa's Pantheon was destroyed along with other buildings in a huge fire in 80 AD. The current building dates from about 125 AD, during the reign of the Emperor Hadrian. It was totally reconstructed with the text of the original inscription ("M·AGRIPPA·L·F·COS·TERTIVM·FECIT" meaning, "Marcus Agrippa, son of Lucius, consul for the third time, made it").
Rome - Ground level - Markets of Trajan
The markets and forum were built between 107 and 113 AD are extensive and occupy several floors. They are not always open but on this occasion I was able to explore the different passages and now empty shops. Passageways are not particularly wide so I can imagine how hectic it must have seemed when in use. I imagine that the closest to this today must be the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul which is chaotic and packed with small shops and people.