While in Rome
ARR 01 - 05 - 2010

While in Rome do as the Romans do.... well I think we accomplished that feat- in three days we saw most of Rome- though there are so many more things to see and do, I feel as if we just scratched the surface. Our days in Rome was overwhelming experiencing the layers of history. It is hard to comprehend the amount of our world's history that is contained in even just a portion of Rome let alone the rest of the world (of which some that we still have yet to see). I still can't get over standing on a road made over 2000 years ago. It was surprising to me that all layers of history appear so vividly surrounded by the everyday and that even further excavations and discoveries are being made. We as many civilizations just continued to build on top of one another's past, preserving some and destroying other parts and continuing the story. There is a richness there that is difficult to understand unless you are standing among it. I wonder if the citizen's of Roma ever get immune to the awe-inspiring nature of the city in which they live. The Coliseum is a classic example pictured right. Layered in the history of ages and the site of the tombs thousands of slaves, prisoners, and Christians who lost their lives within the arena, it stands right next to a major street of Rome. Built by Mussolini during the Second World War this street wraps around the Coliseum as another of his grand boulevards splits the Roman Forum in half. The proximity to these priceless elements of history provides a spectacular connection of the people to their past and vice versa. I was just overwhelmed by the history that has been collected or constructed in this place. Walking through the Vatican Museum, was so overwhelming I felt like passing out. Walking past ancient Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and Contemporary works of art from all over the world from the great artists of all civilizations. It blew me away to think that this is only part of the Vatican's collection. To be in the presence and analysis the works of the masters like the David or the Sistine Chapel is a humbling experience. While our world is vast and diverse, it has many things in common. In any culture, one can always appreciate art. While art can take many forms and as the saying goes "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" there are just some things like the ages of history layered upon one another arranged in such a way that the beauty of the light touches the landscape that can simply be appreciated by all.

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