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Ancient Rome 古期ローマ

March 22, 2013

Coming from the young country of Canada, at least as an officially established country, I really appreciate old cities.  Japan has old cities, but except for temples, shrines and the odd castle, there’s no indication of antiquity as in  European cities.  I love the fact that there are buildings still being used that are far older than any established city in North America.  I felt that sense of history in Prague and Budapest and London,  and especially in Istanbul.  Now, in Rome.  I find it absolutely fascinating to think about who, over the centuries, has walked the same roads and been in the same buildings.

僕はカナダ人です。カナダは若い国です。それで古い都市を諒としています。日本には古い都市があるですけどお寺や神社だけです。ヨーロッパには普通建物はどこにもがあります。歴史の感じが強いです。いつも、「この道にはだれも歩きましたか」や「この建物にはだれを住んでいましたか」を考えています。面白いでしょう。

The list of ancient structures of Rome is a long one.  The important Via Appia Antica has had people entering and exiting Rome over the same cobbles and flagstones as far back as 312 BC.  The earliest buildings in the Forum date back to the 7th century BC.  Nearby, the Colosseum dates back to 70-80 AD.  The baths of Caracalla (named after the Emperor of the same name) were completed sometime around 216-217 AD.  The Pantheon, the oldest church in Christendom, began life as a temple to all gods (the meaning of “pantheon”) in 126 AD.  The list could certainly go on but the point is that in very few places that I’ve been to, is the past so evident in the daily lives of those living in the present.

ローマに古期な建物や所の目録は長いです。たとえば、アッピアアンチカ通りで2500年ぐらい人々はローマへ出入りしています。フォーラムの初期の頃の建物は7BC世紀に建てられた。コロシアムは1世紀に建てられた。パンテオンは2世紀に建てられた。今から分かってでしょうね。ローマに日常生活で過去が住んでいます。

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