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Legend has it that Rome was founded on 21 April 753 BCE. It is a legend. Nobody knows for sure when someone put a hut up on the Palatine Hill but we need a date to mark the anniversary of the Eternal city and 21st April it is. The four images below which I captured…

The Roman Theatre of Merida

The Roman theatre of Merida was built during the reign of Augustus. There is an inscription in the theatre which reads M. Agrippa L.F. cos III. trib. pot. III Roughly meaning that Marcus Agrippa, Son of Lucius, three times consul, in the third year of his tribunician powers (built this). With this information, historians have…

Q1 book reading round-up

Now, now.. I know you’re thinking if this isn’t a bit too much. After all, I first started with what was an annual feature with my book reading mosaic and then last year for the first time I created a half yearly one and this time I’m doing one for the first quarter. One reason…

Livia’s Garden: One of the world’s earliest nature art masterpieces?

In 1863 archaeologists unearthed magnificent finds from what was called the Villa of Livia at Prima Porta (slightly north of Rome). Livia was the wife of Augustus, the first emperor of Rome. Notably one of the finds from the house was the imposing statue of Augustus that is mostly associated with the emperor. However, another…

Reckoning Time

One of the biggest news stories that broke today was the announcement of the name of the new Japanese Imperial era (Reiwa). With the abdication of the current Emperor Akihito and the reign of the new Emperor Naruhito beginning, the way in which the Japanese reckon time also had to change. Of course, the people…

Memories of March

A few days ago, I saw a couple of photographs of cherry blossoms along the so called Philosopher’s Path in Kyoto. The photographs reminded me of my own trip to Japan in March/ April 2015. I can’t believe it’s been a full four years since I travelled to Japan. In fond memory of that trip…

Endurance

In the 1969 epic science-fiction work ‘Left Hand of Darkness’, written by Ursula K Le Guin, the protagonist, Genly Ai and one of the other main characters, pass through a treacherous passage of ice to cross a territorial boundary that they could get through overland. For over 80 days the two traverse an impossible territory,…

Moon, Red Moon

I took this photo of the moon last week and it was actually a first for me to capture photos of the moon with my camera mounted on a tripod. I normally rely on my camera’s inbuilt stablisation software to rescue my moon shots. And if you think that is crazy there are people who…