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BLOG OF A TOUR GUIDE IN ROME

13/07/2019, 12:42

#unaguidaturisticaroma, #atourguiderome, #fororomano, #romanfourm, #archeologia, #archeology, #romeisus, #rome, #roma



THE-ROMAN-FORUM-BEFORE-THE-EXCAVATIONS


 Thanks to the works of art we can see our past and how monuments were seen years ago. Try to see the Roman Forum of the XIX century: just a buried area...



The Roman Forum is depicted in several way by artists and, mainly in the modern times, by tourists who every year crowd the archeological area. But the work of art that you can see here on the photo could depict you something that is not exist anymore: the Roman Forum before the excavations, with some artifacts coming out from the ground, and nothing more. The Forum is completely buried by the ground. It is a simple picture but it is able to tell us how was the Forum before the turnstiles and the police, and so when the main central square of the ancient Rome was not visible! Two centuries ago the Romans who were living here in the Eternal City could see something about the Triumphal Arch of Septimus Severus, some columns or marble fragments, and no more. Imagine how, since the Middle Ages, over the centuries the Roman Forum was buried by floods or earthquakes. But also mankind did something to help this phenomenon: centuries ago there was not the same modern and daily concept. When we see an artifact we try to preserve and protect it, but in the past the Forum was just a huge quorry. Popes, noblemen, ordinary people considered the archeological area as a wonderful treasure, a place where they could take materials off, using the ancient Roman pieces as decorations or to make churches, palaces, public and private buildings. For all these reasons the Roma Forum, that was the symbol of the political and civil life of Rome, the place where politicians and ordinary citizens used to come everyday to join the active political life of Rome was turn to ghost, something where just some small evidences of the past could be seen. For this reason this area had a nickname: "Campo Vaccino". It means a field used by the sheperds, who were followed by sheeps or other kind of animals, walking above the Roman history. It is Rome, a city that is always changing. At the beginning of the XIX century the Roman Forum was excavated for the first time, when the Eternal City was ruled by France. But the real excavations took place at the beginning of the XX century, thanks to a man: Giacomo Boni. He was a genious and a great archeologist, a man who worked a lot in the Roman Forum. His documents and records, his photos and ideas are today fundamental for the modern scholar. The modern studies area based on the Boni’s ones. So imagine how an incredibile archeological area, that still today is visited by million of people, is hiding several things. Metres and metres below us there is something more, there is another world that is waiting us and that must be discoved. It is archeology: a field that should bring to light our past, sometimes using different sources that are not so clear and usefull. All of those concepts are remarkable and visible in the Roman Forum: a treasure for the ancient Romans, for the modern scholars and for the tourists of the future! #unaguidaturisticaroma #romeisus #Rome #Roma #atourguiderome #archeologia #archeology #fororomano #romanforum



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