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The white marble Arch of Septimius Severus at the northeast end of the Roman Forum stands close to the foot of the Capitoline Hill. It is a triumphal arch dedicated in AD 203 to commemorate the Parthian victories of Emperor Septimius Severus and his two sons, Caracalla and Geta, in the two campaigns against the Parthians of 194/195 and 197-199. During the Middle Ages repeated flooding of the low-lying Forum washed in so much additional sediment and debris that when Canaletto painted it in 1742, only the upper half of the Arch showed above ground.

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Forum Romanum

The Roman Forum, sometimes known by its original Latin name of Forum Romanum, is located between the Palatine hill and the Capitoline hill of the city of Rome. In the foreground, the three columns are the remains of one of the older edifice in the area, the temple of Castor and Pollux, originally built in gratitude for victory at the battle of Lake Regillus (495 BC). Castor and Pollux were the twin sons of Jupiter and Leda.

Forum Romanum

Forum Romanum

Ruins of the Forum, Looking towards the Capitol

Map of Rome

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Arch of Constantine

The Arch of Constantine (Italian: Arco di Costantino) is a triumphal arch in Rome, situated between the Colosseum and the Palatine Hill. It was erected to commemorate Constantine I’s victory over Maxentius at the Battle of Milvian Bridge on October 28, 312.

Arch of Constantine

Arch of Constantine

A View of the Forum, painted by Giovanni Battista BUSIRI

BUSIRI, Giovanni Battista, Rome: A View of the Forum, 1720
Oil on canvas, 48 x 63 cm, private collection

Map of Rome

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Arch of Titus

The Arch of Titus has provided the general model for many of the triumphal arches erected since the 16th century.

Arch of Titus, Rome

The Arch of Titus is a marble triumphal arch located on the Via Sacra just to the south-east of the Forum in Rome. It was constructed by the emperor Domitian shortly to commemorate the capture of Jerusalem in 70.

View of the Arch of Titus painted by Caspar Andriaans van WITTEL

Rome: View of the Arch of Titus, Caspar Andriaans van WITTEL, 1710
Oil on canvas, 31 x 40 cm, private collection

Map of Rome

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Colosseum

The Colosseum is one of the well-preserved monument of the ancient Rome.

Colosseum, Rom

Colosseum

The Colosseum or Roman Coliseum, originally the Flavian Amphitheatre, is an amphitheatre in the center of the city of Rome, Italy, the largest ever built in the Roman Empire.

Occupying a site just east of the Roman Forum, its construction started between 70 and 72 AD under the emperor Vespasian and was completed in 80 AD under Titus, with further modifications being made during Domitian’s reign (81–96). The name “Amphitheatrum Flavium” derives from both Vespasian’s and Titus’s family name (Flavius, from the gens Flavia).

The Colosseum was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles. Other public spectacles were held there, such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on Classical mythology.

Colosseum painteb by Jacobe de HEUSCH

Jacob de HEUSCH, Rome: A View of the Forum Romanum, 1694
Oil on canvas, 54 x 77 cm, private collection

Map of Rome

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The Monastery opens traditionally an exhibition for the Valentine’s Day. This year, the title of the exhibition is “romantic. ruins paintings in Rom in 17th and 18th centuries”.

romantic. ruins paintings

romantic. ruins paintings

This exhibition is designed by Ulysse Alexandre, archaeologist. It presents some examples of paintings of archaelogical remains in Rom, made by painters in the 17th and 18th centuries. Ruins was a popular topic in this period. The link between the term romantic and Rome antique (in french) is not clear. Despite the fact that the etymological link is not testified, the similarity between the two words has probably played a role. The ruins are also part of the romantic imagination, as there are some in landscape painting. Alle the paintings presented in this exhibition show remains which are still visible today in a small perimeter of the town of Rom: Coliseum, Titus Arch and Forum Romanum.

The Grand Tour, an event whose goal is to organise visits in different places of Second Life in one day, will stop at the Monastery on Sunday 15th February at 10 am. Visitors will have a guided tour of the exhibition and of the entire building.

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Romantic

We are preparing a surprise for you in the Monastery for Valentine Day: an new exhibition intitled “Romantic”. This exhibition will be one of the attractions of CDS for the stop of the Grand Tour in CDS sims.

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