Tuesday, May 31, 2011

"Deos fortioribus adesse."

Roman Forum, Rome, Italy  © Doug Hickok

"The gods are on the side of the stronger," said Publius Cornelius Tacitus (AD 56-117), a senator of Rome and historian of the Roman Empire. This statement was true of the mighty empire, from the 8th century BC to the year AD 476, when one of the world's greatest civilizations rose, thrived, and declined in a span of about 1000 years. At the height of its power, the dominion of Rome spread 2.5 million miles across the Mediterranean region, and into northern Europe and Asia.

Pictured above, the Roman Forum was the heart of the empire and the oldest part of the city of Rome. This photograph of its ruins illustrates both a visual and historical depth, showing more than a millennium of years in one view.

The ruins from front to back are, the Arch of Septimius Severus (AD 203), the Column of Phocas (far right, AD 608), the Via Sacra (cobblestone path near steps, circa 5th century BC), the Basilica of Julia (steps, BC 54), the Temple of Castor and Pollux (3 columns, BC 484), and in the distance the ruins of the Palatine Hill (BC 510 - AD 576).

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  1. I can still picture myself there, trying to imagine a bustling Rome... Beautiful photo.

  2. An amazing photo of a place full of history, like an open air museum. I was there too and I liked it a lot!

  3. I visited Rome in 2001, it's a wonderful city.Thanks for this beautiful picture!You are so talented, I love this composition and the color!

  4. Amazing place, very nice photo! Your text is very useful, I learned a lot of the age of Roman Empire from it.

  5. A photo which reminds me a lot of souvenirs. A magic and magnificent place

  6. I been in Roma, but with this kinds of photos prehaps I need to come back.
    Congratulations. Perfecto shot. FELICIDADES.

  7. You made a great view of the famous Forum romanum. You really caught the atmosphere and history.

  8. A priceless view, a pricey camera.

  9. really complete of informations this post, the photo is great with a clever point of view and details, compliments

  10. Awesome shot. Love the "old" feel to the photo.

    And thanks for letting me know about the new Blad!I just found 42k in my couch cushions. I'm sure I have 3-4 more in my ashtray in the car. :)

  11. Donato (longroute)May 31, 2011 at 12:27 PM

    Roman forum (or as we call it "Il foro di Roma") is a fascinating place which offers plenty of beautiful chances to the photographer. you exploited well this ancient architecture with its lovely colours and textures. I like how you framed the scene creating a nice play of volumes, lines and depth.
    Well captured and composed,

  12. quite lovely shot in the ruins. like the depth in the image.

  13. A familiar sight, it is always interesting to see it in a new light and yours is literally magic here! By the way, you didn't miss a single ruin in the picture... My compliments!

  14. Love the compression, the rich earthy colours and the tree details on the skyline...it makes a dramatic image.

  15. That's a great picture...
    The forum romanum is an absolutely fascinating place.
    Tacitus...I spent lots of time with his writings at school...old times :)

  16. Now you speak Latin? ;^)
    Guess what? Your Forum picture looks very American to me.
    Like a lost city in the Grand Canyon?!
    Don't you think so?
    Maybe it's the colour...

    >You can buy the newest Hasselblad 200 MP camera for only $45,000!
    "only" - that's a good choice of word! :^)

  17. Really cool shot of this iconic structure--I have to revisit Italy.

    I'll take two...of the Hasselblads that is.

  18. Awesome shot, I enjoy learning about the history of Rome, wish we had spent a full day in the forum. I found an interesting podcast about the history of Rome. http://thehistoryofrome.typepad.com/

  19. fantastic colors, framing and mood!

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