Monday, May 25, 2009

For the fans of Roman history out there...

...thought I'd share some snaps I took on my holiday in Tunisia last week. Having studied Latin, I've always had an interest, and theres a lot of remnants of Roman influence in the region that are amazingly well preserved.




Entering the Coliseum at El Jem - the most intact structure of its kind left in thwe world, and used as a basis for the CGI in Gladiator. Amazingly intact, and quite awe-inspiring when entering the area. The 38 degree heat made you feel for those who fought in it even more. You can still head underneath the area to where the animals and gladiators would have lived and awaited ther next fight.



You can still climb up to to the top stands of the Colisuem and take in the view...



... and gaze down at the rows of seats that the crowds would have populated. Strane just how similar it is to modern sports stadia.



Tunisia has a large amount of well preserved mosaics dating back from the first few centuries AD - largely in part due to the different stone theyused in their constructions. There are museums teeming withthese mosaics, and the scale of some is incredible. This shot depicts Neptune and his horses, flanked by a triton and nereid





Finally, a couple of shots from the ruins of Carthage, one time rival to Rome, and has suffered much since its fall. Many of the columns found in other structurs all over Tunisia have been ransacked from the ruins of Carthage. The top shot is me standing above the calidarium in the baths.

3 comments:

Lance Botelle (Bard of Althéa) said...

Inspiring shots! :)

Makes me want to start a new adventure. ;)

Lance.

E.C.Patterson said...

Hmmm, prefab. :)

Sounds like you had a nice trip.

Amraphael said...

To Carthage I came where there sang all around me in my ears a cauldron of unholy loves...

That's not fair that you can you away on exiting trips seeing ancient cool placeables and I have to stay home building stupid modules :(