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Tomb of roman general discovered

 
 
Reply Fri 17 Oct, 2008 02:23 pm
tomb of General Marcus Nonius Macrimus discovered in Rome
He was, perhaps, the inspiration for the movie "Gladiator".
Other recent archeologic discoveries mentioned as well...

Video in link as well as text commentary.


I think this is very cool.
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OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Fri 17 Oct, 2008 02:35 pm
@ossobuco,
Yes.
Frigid
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farmerman
 
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Reply Fri 17 Oct, 2008 02:35 pm
wow, general M n M
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squinney
 
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Reply Fri 17 Oct, 2008 02:43 pm
I love this kinda stuff. Would like to know History or Discovery is there filming it. Will watch for more info.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Fri 17 Oct, 2008 02:55 pm
Not only that tomb was discovered - a complete city of death

http://i34.tinypic.com/2czbv2d.jpg

(Hoping to get a look at it when were in Rome in February!)
Mr Stillwater
 
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Reply Sun 19 Oct, 2008 07:42 pm
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placed in the same time period and share similarities like being liked and well known to Emperor Marcus Aurelius, Marcus Nonius Macrinus went on to enjoy a successful career and died a wealthy man. In the movie, Maximus Decimus Meridius is portrayed with having a much different later life, losing his family and being sold into slavery
Wikipedia entry for MNM.

A beautiful story slain by an ugly fact. Can't make too much 'Hollywood' from someone who was successful, got rich, and died surrounded by his loved ones in bed.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 19 Oct, 2008 09:17 pm
@Walter Hinteler,
Right, Walter..

and apparently the site of Caligula's murder as well. Busy diggers in Rome..

I look forward to your trip in my vicarious travelling way. Sob, I'd enjoy meeting you folks there for, say, an early morning espresso..
I was there in February, but only by a few minutes, our first real day being March. Good time, fewer tourists.. naturally.
Dutchy
 
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Reply Sun 19 Oct, 2008 10:38 pm
@ossobuco,
Fascinating stuff ossobuco, would love to visit Rome and see all that, alas have to be satisfied with cyber visits.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 20 Oct, 2008 11:28 am
@Dutchy,
I've been there something like 8 times if I exaggerate visits within trips, or maybe a month all together. It's nothing, especially since when I'm there I mostly walk and walk and walk some more, not going in every possible place to explore.. except the gelaterias (even in March). So much to see, so many layers of history. You can tell I get my "fix" by even talking about Rome.
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Mon 20 Oct, 2008 11:29 am
@ossobuco,
We'll be there in February ...
ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 20 Oct, 2008 11:44 am
@Walter Hinteler,
Ja, that's why I started talking about February... have you done any planning or are you going to "play it by ear"?
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Mon 20 Oct, 2008 11:53 am
@ossobuco,
We've booked flights and the b&b already since some time. Real plans will be made later. (But our host gives a 45min introduction to all and everything as well - including in the price for the accommodation, whic is situated in the San Lorenzo district).
ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 20 Oct, 2008 12:47 pm
@Walter Hinteler,
You probably know all this already, Walter, but for interested others ---

Quartiere San Lorenzo


More and, to me, better info with a few photos - sounds really interesting


link to the planning for the refurbishment of the district, with graphics that change as you look at the link
(I've stayed just north of via venti settembre...)


If I click the right arrow on this map twice, I see the general area near the university and the cemetery and the train station




Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Mon 20 Oct, 2008 12:59 pm
@ossobuco,
Thanks, osso.

Though I don't remember all links I looked at before booking, I was quite aware where it is and how it looks alike:

http://i35.tinypic.com/24fwm4x.jpg
hamburger
 
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Reply Mon 20 Oct, 2008 02:31 pm
@Walter Hinteler,
walter :

a visit to the vatican was part of our pre-cruise stay in rome in november 1998 .
i had read about the private tours of the vatican one could arrange , but didn't want to "double-pay" .
i saw a roped off stairway leading into the catacombs and noticed a "junior" priest leading a small group of people towards the roped off entrance .
mrs h and i quickly decided to "join the tour" and were thus able to gain entrance to the catacombs .
if such visit is not yet on your iteniary , you might consider adding it .
i had visted the catacombs under st. stephan's in vienna many times as a boy , so visiting the vatican catacombs was a very interesting experience to me .
picture taking seemed to be tolerated if done "respectfully" .
hbg

http://img374.imageshack.us/img374/2184/vaticanbl2.jpg

sorry for the super size - it's done "respectfully" .
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 20 Oct, 2008 02:48 pm
@Walter Hinteler,
Be still my heart..

(I'm a fool for non-touristy photos of Rome.)

hamburger
 
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Reply Mon 20 Oct, 2008 03:43 pm
@ossobuco,
osso :

i think this is a "non-touristy" photo from the vatican .
we were visiting the day before the official 20th anniversary of pope john paul II and many dignataries from all over the world were already at the vatican .
there was plenty of gold , red , purple and white ... and there was this simple nun with a rather large briefcase strolling through st. peter's .
i still wonder what she carried in that briefcase ?
hbg

http://img111.imageshack.us/img111/7789/vaticannundr0.jpg

of course , i didn't use a flash - i can be respectful if i put my mind to it !
we were actually surprised at all the photo flashes going off in st. peter's and the sistine chapel - the loud talking ... ...
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