Ah, the lovely column base of Antoninus Pius – it was the base for a triumphal or commemorative column, and shows the apotheosis of Antoninus Pius (emperor 138-161, between Hadrian and Marcus Aurelius) and his wife Faustina. I’m always charmed by how unconvincing I find their pose on the back of the winged figure flying them to Olympus. And . . . in restauro.
We’re beginning to see the sun occasionally!
Sunday late morning – lovely mist!Monday morning. What?
I live close to the river, but on the fourth floor. But someday this rain will end.
Much more today!
That little raft is a landing stage for the Tiber Boat Tour – guess not available this week!
There’s a whole embankment under water there.
Funny strange, not funny ha ha. This inscription is from a chapel at the church Sant’Ignazio (the former chapel of the Jesuit Collegio Romano) – and the date is XIMM: 1989. I would have written that MCMLXXXIX. I think the longer number, though harder to read, would have made a more elegant last line in better balance with the rest. But I wasn’t paying, so I really shouldn’t complain! I guess the system is really more flexible than we Latin teachers like to make out.
High water – look at the far bank - it’s usually about 4-6 feet above water level, and it was lapping the edge that day. There were some places it was up onto the running track.
But even for me this one’s a little wackateria. Yes, all those little fiddly bits in the window panes are knuckle bones and such. From the church of Santa Maria di Loreto al Foro Traiano.
18th Century, I’d guess. But not my period.
. . . and ended in the sun! That was our visit to the Roman Forum. Morning rush hour on Monday proceeded in a downpour. By the time we got into the forum itself I was wet from the knees down (though not my feet!). Then the rain stopped! Well, mainly. I re-opened my umbrella a few times. But the forum as as empty as I have ever seen it.
And the students held up without any grumbling – an excellent first class day! As I told them, the weather is unlikely to get any worse than that. Though it did snow in 2012!
Wow – our students arrived last Thursday. They received their January bus passes on Friday. I was escorting one to a pharmacy this evening and we were checked by the transit police – she didn’t have hers (and admitted to me that she couldn’t find it this morning). She also told me that one of her roommates has lost hers already as well. €35 apiece down the drain – and now they have to cover themselves till February 1!. A monthly cost €35. A weekly cost €24. I think a day pass is €6, and a one-time-ride is €1.50 (I know the last one is right because I bought her one to get home – then she decided to take a cab because she’s not sure of the connections in Prati). I loaned her the cash to pay her €50 (otherwise it turns into a €100 citation to be payed at a post office later).
But you know, it’s all better if it happens in Rome!
I’m feeling physically tired, a little put out with the organization on the part of our Italian partners, and a little apprehensive about the weather for outdoor teaching this week – but this helps a lot on a Sunday afternoon.
Finished with the – the glasses in the sink are all rinsed and can wait till tomorrow. I had everyone (all 17 students, my co-director, and her 2 year old) over for aperitivi – prosecco and finger food. We had fun, lots of them finally had Italian cell numbers to give us, and we satisfied the administration’s request that we have a formally designated assembly point for evacuation in the wake of national disasters. So, come the fall of the EU, they know how to get to my apartment. What we’ll do then is anyone’s guess. Hike across Umbria to the international airport in Florence singing “Climb Every Mountain”? I think there are too many Peace Corps returnees in our office for abroad programs!
Pantheon – January 17 2014
After the official Orientation by our Italian partners, I took the students on a quick walk to Largo Argentina, the Pantheon, and Campo dei Fiori (for lunch). They had been in Rome for almost 24 hours without having seen the Pantheon, and I wasn’t going to put up with much more of it.
We met the students at the airport today and got them into their apartments by 3 pm. Welcome dinner in about an hour – so we are well underway!
So far as I can tell, this used to be in the Vatican Tesoro, but was installed in a new shrine in San Giovanni dei Fiorentini in 2012. Is there a new policy to distribute relics to other churches where they can be venerated? I glad to have come across it this morning because my mother has just had a fall and cracked her pelvis, and my sister is suffering a bout of plantar fasciitis – so lower body prayers were well-sent today.