The Roman Forum was fascinating. It is the heart of Rome; the remnants of the origins of Western Society, and it is all in crumbles. Even stone is mortal, apparently. It's so hard to imagine what the Forum must have looked like back in its heyday. It's even harder to imagine it painted (since Ancient Greece and Rome weren't really all classy and white marble, but rather the statues and buildings were painted bright colors). Ironically, the excavation and conservation materials (tarp, scaffolding, hoses), made a mental re-creation even more difficult.
Other things we did today:
- Stuck our hands in the Mouth of Truth (nobody got bitten. *whew*)
- Saw the Bascilica de Santa Maria in Cosmedin
- Musea di Capitoline
- Church of Santa Maria in Arra Chele (I know this is misspelled)
In the Musea di Capitoline we saw so many sculptures and statues and it made me think: these works are not merely pieces of art by an artist for art's sake. They were a fairly common, expected piece of culture. We just don't do that anymore! Instead of "oh yeah, let's get a portrait done of Grandma," it was "oh yeah, we still need to get a bust made of Grandma."