Imagine — Thoughts at the Roman Forum

posted by Sharon 19 Comments

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…

 

 

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Karen at

Wonderful thoughts and wonderful pictures.

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elizabethfstewart at

So amazing!

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Marilyn Gallas at

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 at

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 at

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

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Tamar at

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

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Saundra Schuler at

Wow these are great!

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Evelyn in Oregon at

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 at

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 at

These are amazing and with so much history!

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Kathy at

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 at

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 at

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

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Earl at

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

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facileetbeaugusta at

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 at

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

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Barbara at

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 at

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 at

What an amazing place to visit.

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