Daily Archives: October 4, 2016

Baths of Caracalla

Something worth seeing is the Baths of Caracalla. Baths in the Roman Empire were like health clubs, malls, gardens and convention centers all rolled up into one. This one is particularly massive. They were built in the early 3rd Century … Continue reading

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Sic transit gloria mundi

Another thing worth seeing but maybe not worth going to see is the Circus Maximus. This was Rome’s racetrack and carnival grounds where famously the authorities bribed the mob with bread and circuses. It was a big deal back then, … Continue reading

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Worth seeing, but maybe not worth going to see

The Pyramid of Cestius in Rome is worth seeing, but maybe not worth going to see. Cestius was an ordinary rich guy back who was caught up in the rage for things Egyptian that evidently gripped Rome in the late … Continue reading

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Roaming Rome

Roaming in Rome. Today we went to the Vatican Museums, Saint Peters, Sistine Chapel and the Roman Botanical Gardens. I don’t have any deep thoughts about these things. They are just great. I do have an observation, however. It cost … Continue reading

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Civilization and “my people” – the barbarians

It is foolish to take sides in history. After events pass from living memory, they become the common heritage of humanity – good and bad. We are all descended from conquerors and conquered, from slaves and slave owners, from scholars … Continue reading

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