Saturday, May 5, 2012


Arch of Titus, Roman Forum, Rome, Italy  © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved
(Velvia slide film. Click on image for larger view)

1,930 years ago, the military exploits of Roman Emperor Titus were recounted in stone on this handsome arch, which spans the Via Sacra in the Roman Forum. In spite of the many centuries since then, it still stands strong. It was perhaps the most attractive of all triumphal arches, and served as a model for many that followed including the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

It was during the rein of Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus that the Colosseum was finally completed, and Mount Vesuvius famously erupted, burying the city of Pompeii.

When I was a kid, I had a pet frog named Titus Andronicus.
 He croaked quotes from Shakespeare.
 Oh, he was a piece of work!


  1. It is indeed a handsome arch and the name of your pet frog is just superb.

  2. I must revisit the Forum one of these days.

  3. Old Rome, a nice part of the Eternal City!

    I like that part with your frog, Doug! Titus Andronicus, you say?! Ha, ha!

  4. He croaked... oh hilarious!

  5. Magnificent colors in this picture!Perfect postcard from Rome!
    Hmmm I need to come back, you picture inspired me here!
    Thanks for sharing,

  6. Great photo, it brings bakc memories and feelings. I stood at the arch of Titus in Rome and read it was a victory monument for the destruction of the Temple of David in Jeruzalem. I am not Jewish but two weeks before I stood at the Waling Wall where the Temple of David was destroyed. It makes you think. Victory and defeat are close to each other.


  7. fantastic light and perspective

  8. Rome is a fantastic town, really! Nice photo.

  9. You caught the light of Roma! Nice shot!
    Have a nice day.

  10. Such a cool shot Doug! Next time you go you'll have to join up with Fabrizio. I bet he knows some great spots to shoot.


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