Imagine — Thoughts at the Roman Forum

posted by Sharon January 20, 2015 19 Comments
Rome Forum

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for.
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace…
John Lennon

One place you can see the ruins of generations of civilization is the Forum in Rome. As governments toppled, so did the elaborate buildings.

Power struggles, debates, murders, the rise and fall of empires — so much happened here. Layers were built on layers when one group overtook another.

The fallen pillars, the pieces of doorposts, the crumbling brick walls all lie where they crashed to earth. It’s as if no one ever picked up anything.

From above, it looks like a child’s set of building blocks, with more demolished than left standing.

The Forum gives you a long view of history. You can’t help but think about how fleeting each era really was. And how much each had to give. Just look around at the intricate designs, chiseled by long-forgotten artists.

The chaos of all the little pieces of Roman achievements lying askew causes you to think about war and peace. What really matters? What will last? What will remain standing when time erodes great accomplishments?

Maybe what really matters is that we live with peace and love today. Time can’t touch peace. The Forum is a great place to think over these things.

Imagine all the people
Living life in peace…

Linking up with Texture Tuesday, Wednesday Around the World, and Sweet Shot Tuesdays.The first photo is edited with Kim Klassen’s texture Little Things. Also linking up with the song-inspired party, Song-ography, where the theme song this week is “Imagine” by John Lennon.

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19 Comments

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Karen January 20, 2015 at 6:22 am

Wonderful thoughts and wonderful pictures.

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elizabethfstewart January 20, 2015 at 6:24 am

So amazing!

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Marilyn Gallas January 20, 2015 at 6:38 am

Doesn’t it just blow you away to stand on that ground and realize that hundreds of years ago there were chariots, horses and soldiers racing around there? I love those lyrics….I believe his is one of my favorites, if not my favorite of all times.

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Viv Halliwell January 20, 2015 at 7:40 am

Wow what a place, I love the black and white shots it reminds me of a history book.

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kim at picking poppies January 20, 2015 at 9:11 am

Beautiful, story-telling images Sharon….and good thought to ponder!

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Tamar January 20, 2015 at 10:08 am

These are amazing, Sharon! I so want to get to this part of the world!

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Saundra Schuler January 20, 2015 at 11:29 am

Wow these are great!

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Evelyn in Oregon January 20, 2015 at 2:47 pm

How wonderful it would be—people living in peace. And the structures of this great civilization lying in ruins is a reminder of just how fleeting such empires are. Of all places in the world I would want to see, Rome is most likely that place. Wonderful images.

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Nicki January 20, 2015 at 4:19 pm

You could not have picked a more apropos setting and group of images to drive home the fact that when all we hold dear is power and greed, we merely embrace tomorrow’s relics. Only peace and love lives on, the rest crumbles into ruins.

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kim January 20, 2015 at 9:16 pm

These are amazing and with so much history!

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Kathy January 21, 2015 at 12:47 am

Your fourth photo, THAT is my favorite structure in the Forum! I was lucky enough to be there one time at the most beautiful golden hour and this building just absorbed and reflected the color magnificently! Fantastic shots, and thanks for taking me back :). Always glad to see you at Song-ography

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Su-sieee! Mac January 21, 2015 at 1:21 am

Great post! You have some wonderful shots of the ancient place. It amazes me that after centuries no one said we need to clear out the rubble. Today, some people get upset if a neighbor doesn’t mow his lawn or if a businessman hasn’t razed down the remnants of a fire.

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buckeroomama1 January 21, 2015 at 4:00 am

Your photos bring me back to our own visit there. Interesting thoughts to ponder… I love this post.

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Earl January 21, 2015 at 4:05 am

Wonderful. Your photos from today bring bsck my memories of Rome in the 1950s. Thenk you.

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facileetbeaugusta January 21, 2015 at 8:54 am

Thank you for this wonderful post. The photos are so great. I like your b&w and hope someday to see Rome by my own eyes.

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mscarletti January 21, 2015 at 12:51 pm

Oh my word! Amazing to think about the different eras and even the artist. Thank you for sharing!

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Barbara January 21, 2015 at 2:11 pm

Oh… “My” Rome!! Beautiful pictures! You are the second one to write the John Lennon’s words today! We really need dreamers!

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Nancy January 21, 2015 at 4:41 pm

Such beautiful images and a great reminder of what happens when power and greed is at the center of a civilization…

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Anne@Grit and Giggles January 26, 2015 at 4:51 am

What an amazing place to visit.

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