Jun 29, 2015

Trajan's Markets

Trajan’s Markets were constructed during the early years of the second century AD. The area was to host warehouses, shops and offices of the imperial administration, and to serve other commercial and administrative purposes. This monumental complex, which was rediscovered between 1926 and 1934, features buildings rising from various levels on the slopes of the Quirinal Hill and on a semicircular portion facing the Forum of Trajan.
Following reoccupation and transformation over time, the area was subjected to state-of-the-art structural conservation and restoration work between 2005 and 2007. At the Museum of the Imperial Fora, which opened in 2007, visitors can admire the various sections of the architectural and sculptural adornments of the Fora, recomposed using original fragments and casts, and also by means of modular integration in stone.
To display the various exhibits, the museum uses not only traditional panels but also multimedia technologies for an original approach to museum-visiting, including interactive installations. The visits start in the Great Hall, with an introduction to the area of the Fora, and with representations of the various Fora illustrated by major findings recovered from each.
Apart from the Museum of the Imperial Fora itself, the premises also host fascinating temporary exhibitions

Trajan (53 – 117 AD) was Roman emperor from 98 AD until his death in 117 AD. Officially declared by the Senate as optimus princeps ("the best ruler"), Trajan is remembered as a successful soldier-emperor who presided over the greatest military expansion in Roman history, leading the empire to attain its maximum territorial extent by the time of his death. He is also known for his philanthropic rule, overseeing extensive public building programs and implementing social welfare policies, which earned him his enduring reputation as the second of the Five Good Emperors who presided over an era of peace and prosperity in the Mediterranean world.
Born into a non-patrician family of Italian origin in the city of Italica in the province of Hispania Baetica,  Trajan rose to prominence during the reign of emperor Domitian. Serving as a legatus legionis in Hispania Tarraconensis, in 89 Trajan supported Domitian against a revolt on the Rhine led by Antonius Saturninus. In September 96, Domitian was succeeded by Marcus Cocceius Nerva, an old and childless senator who proved to be unpopular with the army. After a brief and tumultuous year in power, a revolt by members of the Praetorian Guard compelled him to adopt the more popular Trajan as his heir and successor. Nerva died on 27 January 98, and was succeeded by his adopted son without incident.
As a civilian administrator, Trajan is best known for his extensive public building program which reshaped the city of Rome and left multiple enduring landmarks such as Trajan's Forum, Trajan's Market and Trajan's Column. Early in his reign, he annexed the Nabataean kingdom, creating the province of Arabia Petraea. His conquest of Dacia enriched the empire greatly — the new province possessed many valuable gold mines. However, the new province's exposed position to the north of the Danube made it susceptible to attack on three sides, and it was later abandoned by Emperor Aurelian.
His war against the Parthian Empire ended with the sack of the capital Ctesiphon and the annexation of Armenia and Mesopotamia. His campaigns expanded the Roman Empire to its greatest territorial extent. In late 117, while sailing back to Rome, Trajan fell ill and died of a stroke in the city of Selinus. He was deified by the Senate and his ashes were laid to rest under Trajan's Column. He was succeeded by his adopted son Hadrian

Jun 25, 2015

We are the Borg

We are the Borg. You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile (quotes from Star Trek movies)

Jun 23, 2015

On the Road / 015

"I first met Dean not long after my wife and I split up. I had just gotten over a serious illness that I
won't bother to talk about, except that it had something to do with the miserably weary split-up and
my feeling that everything was dead. With the coming of Dean Moriarty began the part of my life
you could call my life on the road..." ― Jack Kerouak, On the Road

“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars...” ― Jack Kerouac, On the Road

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Jun 8, 2015

On the Road / 001

Dear friends and blog followers just to inform I would like to share here my little photographic "project" that I was thinking for several months, probable after reading more times one of my favorite books, ON THE ROAD, great novel by American writer Jack Kerouac. It's street photography as usual, urban landscapes, but "in my way", seen from inside a car, traveling and shooting on the streets around Rome, taking pictures, colors or Black & White (how I feel) with every thing I have at moment: smartphone, point n shoot, toy camera and other (I don't care of gear), along the roads. As Jack Kerouac said once time ago: “Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road...

Many others "on the road" snapshots coming soon. Stay tuned here!
Dedicated to my all blog followers, especially Mme Laurence from Paris and Monsier Ange from Ardèche (France) and all my friends from everywhere in the world that spend their time to read and watch it. Thank you so much for your very kind attention and to continue following this little blog. May God bless you

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Jun 7, 2015

Stagni di Ostia

Stagni di Ostia è un'area urbana  di circa 280 ettari del litorale romano ed è compresa tra la zona di Casal Palocco e l'area storica di Ostia Antica.

E' delimitata a nord-ovest da via Agostino Chigi che costeggia i binari della Ferrovia Roma-Lido, a sud-est da via del Fosso di Dragoncello, a sud da via dei Pescatori e a ovest da via di Castel Fusano.

La parte a sud, percorsa da via Luigi Pernier, prende il nome di Longarina
È composta per lo più da piccole vie collegate alle tre vie principali che sono: via Federico Bazzini che taglia la zona da sud e da ovest, via Giuseppe Micali che taglia la zona da est, e via Agostino Chigi che taglia la zona da nord.

Fra la via dei Pescatori e via Federico Bazzini, quindi nella parte sud della zona, vi è un'area di modeste dimensioni facente parte della riserva statale naturale del litorale romano.

Nell'area è presente anche il piano di zona B36 Acilia Saline che, insieme al B42 Stagni di Ostia, contribuisce alla costruzione delle prime opere di urbanizzazione del quartiere.

Nella zona, fino alla bonifica di Ostia del 1884, era presente un grande stagno (da cui il nome) collegato al mar Tirreno mediante un canale detto Canale dei Pescatori.
Fu, quindi, sfruttata fino alla seconda metà degli anni ottanta come area agricola, dopodiché cominciò un'edificazione abusiva poi regolarizzata.

Nel 1988, per un malfunzionamento dell'impianto idrovoro di Ostia Antica, l'intero comprensorio fu invaso da circa 1 metro d'acqua.
Ancora oggi l'impianto idrovoro costruito durante la bonifica (che si può vedere dalla Longarina), a cui sono collegati vari canali, impedisce che la zona si allaghi.

Alla fine del Gennaio 2014, un tremendo alluvione causò l'esondazione dei vari canali allagando tutta la zona di Stagni causando notevoli danni

Stagni di Ostia dista dalla capitale circa 21 km ed è collegata sia con la Via del Mare che con la Ferrovia Roma-Lido (la fermata più vicina è la stazione Ostia Antica)

Foto scattata all'alba dei primi giorni di Giugno 2015, lungo Via Giuseppe Micali

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