Thursday, January 5, 2017

Italy Blog #74: Caesar's Tomb, Circus Maximus, Gladiators!

The location where Caesar's ashes used to be
In this Italy blog, since we've already identified a couple of structures in ancient Rome, we'll just highlight a few here. We could spend 10 blogs about the rest of the different buildings and what they mean, but it would likely make your head spin, and it's much more interesting when you're walking through them!  So, today we'll check into Caesar's resting place and look at a few other spots in ancient Rome.

Temple of Caesar by model maker, Lasha Tskhondia
CAESAR'S BURIAL PLACE-All that's left of this burial place and temple is a small pile of rubble where Julius Caesar's ashes were supposed to have been buried. The Temple of Caesar or Temple of Divus Iulius, also known as Temple of the Deified Julius Caesar,  or Temple of the Comet Star, is an ancient structure in the Roman Forum of Rome.

WHAT IS THE "CIRCUS MAXIMUS"? - The Circus Maximus was a chariot racetrack in Rome first constructed in the 6th century BCE. The Circus was also used for other public events such as the Roman Games and gladiator fights and was last used for chariot races in the 6th century CE (Common Era) or A.D.

CREATED BY- Tarquinius Priscus, the fifth king of Rome, created a track between the Palatine and Aventine hills.

MANY REBUILDS- There was a fire in 31 CE (AD) that burned the wooden structure. It was rebuilt and burned down again in 64 CE (AD) when Nero was emperor (and Rome burned).  After yet another fire the Circus was rebuilt by Trajan in 103 AD. The Roman Empire was at the height of its power and the new Circus Maximus reflected this status. The Circus was now a stone construction, three stories high. When it was rebuilt that time, it was more than 600 meters long and 150 meters wide (2000x500ft)!
The Circus Maximus in 2016

A really hot looking Gladiator

MORE GLADIATORS!  - Of course, any time we can toss in a picture of a gladiator, we're going to do it. : )

What Circus Maximus looked like when built- very long!
TODAY- it's mostly a grassy area. Only the layout of the original circus can be seen in what is now a large grassland. Most of the original structure was used as building material for medieval and Renaissance constructions.

OTHER PICTURES - There were so many ruins of different buildings within the ancient Roman ruins area that it would take all day to name them. If you're interested to know more about them check out the book "Rome" by R.A. Staccioli. We bought a copy and it shows current photos and drawings of how the buildings looked when built.

NEXT: Standard of Living Declines from 1 CE (AD) to the Middle Ages
The Square of the Roman Forum

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next