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A room with a view

We are staying at Courtyard Central Park in Rome, using my accumulated Marriott points. It is, as the name implies, up against a big park that stretches from here to the Vatican. We have a little balcony with a nice … Continue reading

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Baths of Diocletian

Yesterday it was the baths of Caracalla. Today we visited the baths of Diocletian. They are similar. Diocletian was an interesting emperor and even after 1700 years, he is still controversial. We all agree that he saved the empire. We … Continue reading

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Etruscans

The great thing about ancient history is that what is so old can become new. I have to become reacquainted with the Etruscans. I met them back in the 1960s and my knowledge of them stopped growing in the 1970s. … 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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Pictures of us in Rome

Chrissy is so impressed by the wonders of the Vatican that I think she will converting to the Church of Rome. I, on the other hand, am considering going even further back to the old Roman deities. The Forum is … Continue reading

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Trigger warning

Let me give my trigger warning. I intend to talk about ancient male enhancement. Not a joke. The Greeks and Romans were lusty, colorful and sometimes vulgar people. We see the bleached remains of their civilization and do not get … Continue reading

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Naples

Looked around Naples today. The city looks a lot like parts of São Paulo or Porto Alegre. That made me think, again, about connections. Every place, every culture is a composite, galvanized from traits and ideas inherited from previous cultures … Continue reading

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Sorrento

Back when I was in my archeology stage (mentioned earlier) I thought history was in the past. I made the distinction at least. After living more life and seeing history, I now understand that human nature is pretty much the … Continue reading

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Pompeii 2

Admit it. What attracts most people to Pompeii is not its wonderful life but its extraordinary death. We saw the casts of some of the victims. Pompeii had an estimated 20,000 people. They documented the remains of around 4000 and … Continue reading

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Pompeii 1

I went through a stage as a kid when I wanted to be an archeologist. It didn’t work out, but Pompeii has always since been a place I wanted to visit. Well, we did. When I first read about the … Continue reading

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