Posted on November 10, 2012
Ages ago a city vanished under the raging lava to be uncovered 17 centuries later and shown to the world. The dead city with so many traces of life remains as a reminder of once advanced civilisation.
In the middle of the yard of an anonymous house surrounded by ancient columns stands a tree, the subject of my take on the Sunday post challenge.
Listen to Rodrigo Leao’s Vita brevis (as in Ars longa, vita brevis – or in my interpretation of Pompeii “Lives were extinguished, but art lives on”)
Posted on November 2, 2012
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.