Nowhere in Rome is this idea more evident that in the Roman Forum itself, where the detritus of the Roman Empire lies in a layered pile of fragments from antiquity. Some of these photos contain more history in one image (hundreds of years) than we know as a nation here in the US. I guess that is why Rome is known as the eternal city, a city where you can experience two and half thousand years of history simultaneously.
In addition to my fascination with layered cities, I think there is a fundamental beauty found in ruins. There is something about these fragments of incomplete ancient structures that I find to be incredibly beautiful and poetic. Perhaps it is the way our “memories” and imagination work together to recreate the missing whole. Maybe the parts, or fragments of history, are greater that the whole when it comes to our experience of place.
|Colosseum column fragments|
|Flower with Corinthian Capital|