The Eternal City – Roman Forum Ruins

forum view large
It’s entertaining and edifying to learn about ancient Roman culture from bits and pieces of buildings. I can see how they were an advanced culture (minus the bit about all the slaughter at the Colosseum), ahead of their time, in the remains of the homes, buildings and public places left behind.
We toured the Roman forum, a group of preserved remains of the old empire dating as far back as 50 BC. There were temples, churches, the senate building (birth place of so-called democracy), triumphal arches celebrating leaders/tyrants sacks of neighboring lands, as well as the mundane markets, houses, watering holes and orchards of the average folk.
As we moved away from the dense old city center into the sprawling gardens and green space of the Palatine hill, I could almost feel what it was like to be live here. The climate is so mild, the abundant sea close, markets to trade and hear news and politics, public places like temples, churches and baths to come together; I can see how these people thought they were the bee’s knees.
The drone of traffic, horns and sirens faded away. All that could be heard was the cooing of birds and a gentle breeze through the olive trees. The green grass was sprinkled with wild thyme and periwinkle phlox and it almost felt like other places I’ve been, like Vermont or Oregon, until I almost trip over a cache of column bits or decapitated statures.

temple at forum 1
forum from capitoline
palatine hill flowers
trajans forum market
forum columns 1

flower ruin

green door colums stature
collesuem side
collesuem wide
victor emm and forum view
triumphal arch 1
forum ruins 2
titus arch closeup
corner colums clouds
arch forums
I have a lot of photos from Italy and it is getting hard to keep up with them. So please excuse the hoard that is coming…
ruins column fallen


About Celia

I live in Portland, OR in a orange stucco apartment building surrounded by wild gardens. I love plants, yoga, going for walks, the Oregon wilderness, photography, gardening, herbal tea and creating. My Etsy shop is KyraBotanica, where I sell handmade herbal tea and natural body care products and fragrances.

3 thoughts on “The Eternal City – Roman Forum Ruins

  1. WOW, these are beautiful photos of Rome, Italy. I’ve never been to this place. I have been living vicariously through your blog. (Smile).I must say that I thourghly enjoy reading your blog. What can I say, I’ve been sitting here at this same job, behind the desk in a cubicle for 8 years, have not gone on a vacation, let alone a vacation, BUT your blog. teas, photos, and your writing has made it possible to endure. So thanks Celia and congrats on little Wolfie!

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Alicia! You are so sweet.

      I totally can relate to living vicariously through someone’s photos – I do it all the time :) Which is probably why I’m on Pinterest constantly! When I look at beautiful things it makes me happy…especially baby animals like polar bears and bunnies. Ha! Anyways, I’m glad you found me and I hope to keep posting when I get a free moment.

      Take good care,


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