Forum Romanum, Rome, Italy (I)

JUNE 2005 – View across the Via Sacra with the Arco di Settimio Severo in Rome, Italy. In the back, the Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II can be seen. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

The Roman Forum is situated in the valley between the Capitol Hills and the Palatine Hills. In every sense, it was the center of the ancient world: commerically, culturally, politically, and religiously.

Via Sacra was the first paved road and is said to be built around 600 BC. The emperors and merchants added huge villas over time, potentially turning the place into an overloaded, probably kitschy, town center.

The Arco di Settimio Severo (the Arch of Septimus Severus) is certainly one of the important triumphal arches. Built in 203 AD, it was a “Thank You” gift for emperor Septimus Severus who successfully beat the Parths, giving two decades of peace to the people.

When in Rome, please take your time and visit the Forum Romanum. When we were there, there was no admission fee (just for Palatine Hills and Colosseum)!

You won’t regret it.

The high resolution image

Capture DateJune 2005
LocationRome, Italy
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
Image SourceFuji Slide Film
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions6504 x 4289 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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