Daily Rome Shot 284

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Today, by the way, is his birthday, in 63 BC.

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  1. Venerator Sti Lot says:

    The time of universal peace is near.
    Prove this a prosp’rous day, the three-nooked world
    Shall bear the olive freely.

    Anthony and Cleopatra, IV.vi.

  2. Atra Dicenda, Rubra Agenda says:

    That is very interesting that Frodo and Bilbo Baggins share Augustus Caesar’s birthday…

  3. jaykay says:

    This is from the Ara Pacis museum on the Lungotevere in Augusta, and is a preserved part of the original 1938 museum building, which was replaced by a modern one c.2006. This “Res Gestae Divi Augusti” inscription (the bronze lettering of which is very fine) isn’t the ancient original, of course!

    I visited the museum in 1987, and was very impressed – by the actual Ara, that is. The enclosing building – not so much. It was deteriorating badly by that stage anyway. Have yet to visit the replacement – long overdue : (

  4. Semper Gumby says:

    Venerator Sti Lot: Good eye. And the next line is interesting, “Enter a Messenger.”

    For the early 17th century the set design for the ancient Egypt scenes must have been the talk of London. During intermission theatergoers probably passed right by the fish and chips vendors to fill their buckets instead with baba ghanoush and shredded camel pita pockets.

    Atra Dicenda, Rubra Agenda: The classic line from Bilbo’s Birthday Speech: “I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.”

    jaykay: I hear that the new Ara Pacis is the first major renovation in Rome’s center since the Fascist days. It was designed by an American, which led to one Italian critic harrumphing that it now looked like “a Texas gas station.”

    Excellent. After visiting the Ara Pacis stop by the gift shop then stagger back to the hotel with armloads of “I’M WITH STVPID” T-shirts, small red bottles of “Jumpin’ Jiminy that’s some spicy Garum,” a quart or two of “Tiberius’ Tequila,” and statuettes of Roman gladiators- each and every one wearing an enormous toga buckle, delivering a roundhouse kick and clutching a spear topped with a tiny American flag. I don’t see the problem here, those gladiators would make great mantelpieces.

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