Almost 2,000 years ago the ancient seaside city of Pompeii, nestled at the bottom of the deadly Vesuvius got buried beneath a mountain of volcanic ash following a fierce volcano eruption. Nearly three thousand people lost their lives, and the city remained hidden for 1,700 years.
Today one of the largest and best preserved archaeological sites in the world, Pompeii will take you back into the past showing you the remnants of Roman civilization by providing a fascinating picture of “daily” life.
The following photo shows Palestra Grande, an athletics field where gladiators and athletes practiced before competing in the adjacent amphitheatre.
I think you will see why I picked this precise shot for geometry theme. The geometry of columns and trees in the frame is what had caught my eye.
As usual I am enclosing a musical treat: Erik Satie’s Gymnopédie ……
***Gymnopédie is the French form of “gymnopaidiai”, an annual festival in Ancient Sparta where naked youths (athletes in Ancient Greece were always naked) performed athletic dances.