Roma – Part 1

Our first glimpse of the Colesseum.
Another view of the amazing Colosseum.
Another view of the amazing Colosseum.

The Arch of Constantine.
The Arch of Titus in the Roman Forum. The arch commemorated the Roman victory over Israel (then Judaea). Not only were 50,000 Israelites brought back to Rome as slaves; they were also forced to build this arch that tells the story of their defeat. Talk about rubbing salt into your wound!
Detail of the Arch of Titus. See the menorah that is being taken as booty from the Israeli temple that the Romans sacked. With the temple destroyed (leaving only the foundation – today’s Wailing Wall), the Jewish nation was devastated. With no temple as the centre for their faith, the Jews scattered throughout the world. There would be no political entity for the Jewish people until modern day Israel was created after World War 2.
Roman Forum: Temple of Vesta. This is where the Vestal Virgins kept a fire burning. The belief was that as long as the sacred flame burned, Rome would continue to survive. The six Vestal Virgins were chosen before they were 10 years old, and had to serve for 30 years. They were revered by the Roman people. If they remained chaste for their 30 year term, they were given a big dowry and allowed to marry. If they didn’t, they were buried alive.
More of the Roman Forum.

Next time: the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, and more sites from amazing Roma.


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