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/zanzig.com
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 Date||June 2005|
|Camera||Canon AE-1 Program|
|Image Source||Fuji Slide Film|
|Digital Image Source||EPSON Perfection 4870 Photo|
|Digital Image Source Format||TIFF, 48 bits/pixel, sRGB|
|Edited Image Format||JPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB|
|Edited Image Dimensions||6504 x 4289 Pixels|
|Copyright||© by Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com|