Rome, a city with history

When Bob goes to Italy, Bob will enjoy the nice weather, the good food, and most of all: he will go there to eat ice. But that's not all there is to do in Rome. If that's really all he's doing there, Bob misses all the history, all the stories, and most of all; he misses all the fun.
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Bob recognises this painting as the rape of Susanna, from the apocryphal part of the bible book Daniel. The detail on this painting is magnificent, even though the painter, Peter Paul Rubens, isn't that well-known.

Bob recognises this painting as the rape of Susanna, from the apocryphal part of the bible book Daniel. The detail on this painting is magnificent, even though the painter, Peter Paul Rubens, isn't that well-known.

This is a picture of the San Gregorio Magno al Celio. It is the only church Bob saw in Rome with an organ. Bob likes organs because of the technic it uses to create sound. It is a genious system to create vibrations of a certain hight so that it makes music.

This is a picture of the San Gregorio Magno al Celio. It is the only church Bob saw in Rome with an organ. Bob likes organs because of the technic it uses to create sound. It is a genious system to create vibrations of a certain hight so that it makes music.

This is a statue in the Thermes of Diocletianus. Again it is from the Mithras Cult. Bob is just fascinated by the returning aspects of those statues. In every statue, Mithras is killing the bull, equal to 'evil'. There is also a scorpion on the image.

This is a statue in the Thermes of Diocletianus. Again it is from the Mithras Cult. Bob is just fascinated by the returning aspects of those statues. In every statue, Mithras is killing the bull, equal to 'evil'. There is also a scorpion on the image.

This is the san clemente. A church with many levels, because every building used the previous building as foundation. Bob went down about twenty metres to see Roman streets. Everything was a bit empty though.

This is the san clemente. A church with many levels, because every building used the previous building as foundation. Bob went down about twenty metres to see Roman streets. Everything was a bit empty though.

This is a complete statue in the assembly building of the Mithras Cult in Ostia. This is the gathering room of the Cult. The members would sit on the side and worship Mithras. The higher ranks would wash themselves with honey.

This is a complete statue in the assembly building of the Mithras Cult in Ostia. This is the gathering room of the Cult. The members would sit on the side and worship Mithras. The higher ranks would wash themselves with honey.

From this Bob could learn how the Romans managed the excess water. Under the stone floor there were sewers, channels for the water to flow away.

From this Bob could learn how the Romans managed the excess water. Under the stone floor there were sewers, channels for the water to flow away.

This was the private toilet situated under the staircase. It was unlikely to have a private toilet, except if you were one of the upper-class Romans. Ostia Antica was a rich city because of the harbor facilities.

This was the private toilet situated under the staircase. It was unlikely to have a private toilet, except if you were one of the upper-class Romans. Ostia Antica was a rich city because of the harbor facilities.

This is an Egyptian pillar in the Piazza Navona. There is a fountain on the foot of the pillar. Origionally this square was a oval stadium for athletics.

This is an Egyptian pillar in the Piazza Navona. There is a fountain on the foot of the pillar. Origionally this square was a oval stadium for athletics.

The builders of the Pantheon created a hole in the top, which made the complete building more elastic, so that it could withstand minor earthquakes. The walls also got thinner the higher they got, so that the building wasn't top-heavy. This al together made sure the building is still completely intact after thousands of years.

The builders of the Pantheon created a hole in the top, which made the complete building more elastic, so that it could withstand minor earthquakes. The walls also got thinner the higher they got, so that the building wasn't top-heavy. This al together made sure the building is still completely intact after thousands of years.

The Pantheon. A maginificent building, with a giant dome on top. It is the largest concrete dome of the world. That was possible because the Roman concrete was stronger than the present concrete.

The Pantheon. A maginificent building, with a giant dome on top. It is the largest concrete dome of the world. That was possible because the Roman concrete was stronger than the present concrete.

'It is very inapropriate watching naked girls. That is called rape by Jezus. You think I'm accusing the two boys in the bushes? No! I'm accusing you! You're looking at me right now right, even though I'm naked? Shame on you!'

'It is very inapropriate watching naked girls. That is called rape by Jezus. You think I'm accusing the two boys in the bushes? I'm accusing you! You're looking at me right now right, even though I'm naked? Shame on you!

In this statue, the movement and the change of human to tree is so clear, that is has become 'astonishing' according to Bob. The contrast of the rough tree bark against the smooth legs of Daphne is done amazing. Bernini was only 24 when he started this masterpiece.

In this statue, the movement and the change of human to tree is so clear, that is has become 'astonishing' according to Bob. The contrast of the rough tree bark against the smooth legs of Daphne is done amazing. Bernini was only 24 when he started this masterpiece.

Bob goes to Villa Borghese. The museum which keeps all the masterpieces of Rome. Like the Rape of Proserpina. The craftmanship Bob can see in the statue is beyond compare. It looks as is it is alive.

Gian Lorenzo Bernini - Pluto and Proserpina,

This is a black and white mosaic of a skeleton. Also from the Thermes of Diocletianus. It makes Bob wonder, why was it there? Is it a warning that the hot baths were deadly?

This is a black and white mosaic of a skeleton. Also from the Thermes of Diocletianus. It makes Bob wonder, why was it there? Is it a warning that the hot baths were deadly?

This is a replica of the system the Colosseum used to get animals or gladiators up to the stage. It uses a trapdoor and a cage which is pulled up by slaves.

This is a replica of the system the Colosseum used to get animals or gladiators up to the stage. It uses a trapdoor and a cage which is pulled up by slaves.

In the evening, Bob goes on a tour of the Colosseum. It was origionally called the Theatrum Flavium. It is the largest ancient intact Amphitheater.

In the evening, Bob goes on a tour of the Colosseum. It was origionally called the Theatrum Flavium. It is the largest ancient intact Amphitheater.

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