The world’s sole monument

June 14, 2014

Temple of Vesta, Rome

Temple of Vesta

“Rome living was the world’s sole ornament, and dead is now the world’s sole monument.” — Edmund Spenser, Ruins of Rome

via Sacra

The ruins of Rome lie scattered throughout the city, a few of their intricate details still in place, but mostly fragments of a once greater whole.

Temple of Saturn

Temple facades stand along the remaining streets of the Forum, proud and resolute against the passing of time.

Colosseum

Symbols, attractions, ornaments, marvels, wonders of the world…

sky above the Roman Forum

They will emerge with the dawn for another day, and another, long after we’re gone.

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