October 20, 2006

Visit to Rome

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Well not for me (I wish!), but for my coauthor. This week he is in Rome for an EpiDoc conference. With any luck, he will return with photos of some of the find spots of some of the artifacts in our list. If he’s lucky, maybe he will even have time to visit the museum with the Equites singulares inscriptions (assuming they are on display).

It’s a funny thing, thinking about being in Rome. Imagine studying the ancient city: being immersed in the culture, the layout, the maps of where things are in relation to each other. Now step into modern Rome. The buildings you expect to find might be seven meters below the paved surface, in some areas. How can you find your way around a city when your own knowledge of the city’s streets is 1800 years out of date?

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  • I did take a bunch ofphotos (well, 1.6 Gb of them). Will show you next time we meet up. It was odd,visiting places where there is nothing to see nowadays in terms of the ancient structures- just office buildings or churches on top.Saw plenty of other stuff though, and would go back any time. The conference was fun, and worthwhile.

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