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Roman Ingenuity


What is it about the Roman Empire that intrigues us?!

Ruins from Pompeii
, Italy, destroyed by Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD.

[Today I'm in Atlanta.]

 

Roman Ingenuity


What is it about the Roman Empire that intrigues us?!

Ruins from Pompeii
, Italy, destroyed by Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD.

[Today I'm in Atlanta.]

 

comments (32)

By jove Ginnie, one place I would love to go. I think there is a feeling of Awe for what the Romans created, and then lost as well, that keeps us going back to them. Nice bit of masonary work there.
Ginnie Hart: Maybe you can go some day, Les. I hope so. It is definitely worth it! Thanks.
  • Dotun
  • 17 Dec 2007, 00:47
nice angle and rich tones, I love it.
Ginnie Hart: Good to see you again, Dotun! smile Thank you kindly.
  • Susan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 Dec 2007, 01:06
Ginnie, this shot is gorgeous!
The architecture, the angle...

*loves it*

Sorri for being MIA this long. Real Life is kind of busy these days wink
Ginnie Hart: Welcome back, my dear! Thanks for stopping by midst all your busyness! One day/step at a time!
  • Kay
  • Wet and rainy Pacific Northwest
  • 17 Dec 2007, 02:43
Gorgeous tones and details. I like this comp, Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Kay. Thank you.
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 17 Dec 2007, 03:04
Lovely clean Doric columns! I am a big fan of the simplicity of this style.
Ginnie Hart: Doric. That's the name. I couldn't remember it but now everyone is saying what it is. I agree: clean and simple. Thanks, Martin.
  • VZ
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • 17 Dec 2007, 03:42
This one is ready for sale to tourists, Ginnie. That's how you make money for your countless flights over the pond and back!
smile Z
Ginnie Hart: HA! If only I could get someone to be my marketer, Viktor. smile Thanks for your confidence.
It must have been frightening... so many people have died... anyway, this is an amazing place... there are still colours on this column...
Ginnie Hart: I could not fathom the devastation, Flo, AND the recovery of this place. And yes, that there are still colors in this column--unbelievable! Thanks.
  • Astrid
  • *sigh* again sleepless in the Netherlands
  • 17 Dec 2007, 04:55
Art book stuff here Ginnie, we do love the mystery of the Roman Empire, the advanced ability to create the most beautiful buildings, cities, water systems and than all the heroic stories about 'good old Julius' and than of course you beautiful pictures to show US the beauty of it. The lighting of this one is perfect 'mysterious' an invitation to look for ouself!!
Ginnie Hart: Your words are so kind, mijn vriend. Thank you. I remember studying all about the Roman Empire in my high school Latin class. I still can't believe I've actually SEEN some of it with mine own two eyes!
  • Astrid
  • the Netherlands
  • 17 Dec 2007, 04:56
Agree with Viktor gringrin
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetie pie! grin
  • Gale
  • South Africa
  • 17 Dec 2007, 05:24
Oh I love the history behind architecture like this. It really excites me to see the detail and structure of old buidings. This is a stunning shot.. very well composted and excellent lighting.We get to see the world this way. Thanks Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: You're so welcome, Gale. As I just told Astrid, I studied all about the Roman Empire in my high school Latin class and can't believe I've seen some of it with mine own two eyes! Thank you.
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 17 Dec 2007, 05:56
Surprisingly beautiful portrait of a chunk of chiselled rock, Ginnie. You have found an angle that makes it resonate in a pitch that this armchair tourist [of Europe, anyway] finds very attractive.
Ginnie Hart: A smile is on my face, Ray, as I picture you in your armchair! smile You're such a sweetheart. Thank you.
tout simplement très beau
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, O-P!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 17 Dec 2007, 06:42
A wonderful detail-pic of a dorish (dorische) column, you still can see the traces of colour for the antique columns were often coloured! And I like all the comments about Roman ingenuity, but, please, don't forget that the Greeks,(I' m a Greek-fan of the "simplicity of this style" (Martin, " Stille Einfalt, edle Größe", Winckelmann said) ) have created this beautiful, quasi 'eternal' style of architecture!
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, Philine. How could we forget the Greeks! God forbid that I mix them up together, HA! Greco-Roman! Thanks for the reminder. smile
Ginnie, this is gorgeous. Beautiful texture in this, great angle and rich colour. A simple doric column which speaks volumes to me. I love it. I also love Ray`s `armchair tourist` comment - it sums up exactly how I feel about one of the most enjoyabe aspects of Shutterchance. (:o)
Ginnie Hart: I totally agree, Roz. What we don't get to see ourselves in our lifetimes, we'll surely see on SC! smile I love it. Thanks.
  • Ann
  • 17 Dec 2007, 08:59
I like the angle and this contrast of grey and dark ... Nice shot !!! Ann
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Ann.
Very nice composition Ginnie. I like the contrast and the lighting
Ginnie Hart: I love how you and Ann so often follow each other, Richard. I'm sure you've both noticed. smile And thanks, as always, for your comments.
  • Ruth
  • United States
  • 17 Dec 2007, 10:33
Oh! Beautiful and well spotted column. The tinge of red is so nice, and the black background. I think this is Doric, yes? Good ole Mrs. DePue in Latin class.
Ginnie Hart: Once again, Ruth, your link goes to your site's front page and not to YOU. But I know how to find you, of course! smile

Yes, Doric is right. And YES to good ole Mrs. DePue. I'm not sure I would have remembered her name. Lilian Geiger is the one teacher I remember the most. She taught me almost everything I know about the Roman Empire from high school Latin class! smile
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 17 Dec 2007, 11:26
Your image captures the intrigue we have with history. That intrigue is because we find ourselves reflected in the mirror of history, I think.
Ginnie Hart: I think you're right, Kathryn! Also, my own intrigue is in knowing that that Empire fell. What does it foretell/bode for ours??? Is it history's cycle, I wonder?
  • DrAW!
  • Nigeria
  • 17 Dec 2007, 11:30
mama mia
nica captura grin

then rome was like the united states, the world power!

it's amazing how many of their architectural innovations have stood the test of time
Ginnie Hart: HA! You sure made me smile with that entroit, DrAW. smile Thank you.

I think that's what intrigue me most about Rome, as I just told Kathryn. Is it the nature of history that our "empire," too, shall fall?!
  • Chantal
  • Terheijden - The Netherlands
  • 17 Dec 2007, 12:00
good angle, it shows the height perfectly
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Chantal.
  • clarence
  • United States
  • 17 Dec 2007, 14:05
Because we can't build something today that would last half as long.
Ginnie Hart: Isn't that the truth!!! Thanks, Clarence.
  • Karen
  • 17 Dec 2007, 16:15
I like the preservation of colour that is shown on the column here. The way you've processed and presented it adds a nice touch, too.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Karen!
  • Chris
  • frosty tonight!
  • 17 Dec 2007, 17:17
Master builders and engineers, I wonder where we would be now had their Empire remained?
Ginnie Hart: I often wonder the same thing, Chris. Would they still be THE power to contend with??? Thanks.
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 Dec 2007, 18:48
Fantastic shot Ginnie the texture's in this shot are wonderful. A great atmosphere of strength created by this column.

OH YES I'M BACK!!!30mins ago how about thatsmiletongue
Ginnie Hart: You are back indeed! And 30 min. after walking in the door makes you more like me than you realize! We Gemini have to stick together, you know! grin

I read somewhere that you have a head cold! UGH. So sorry, my dear. Please pamper yourself and get better!
Lovely shot Ginnie. As for the Romans, everything! The Greeks and the Romans gave us everything.
Ginnie Hart: I'm afraid so, Bill. But I don't believe we can blame our mess on them, too bad! Thanks.
  • Reza
  • Canada
  • 17 Dec 2007, 19:34
What a great details of texture for a night shot! wonderfully done.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Reza. Actually, it wasn't a night shot. The column was on the outside where there was light but it was against a structure that was dark on the inside, so I can see where you got the night idea.
When I'm looking at pics today every one of them is like an abstract...a beautiful abstract - like the lines and the brown/red colours in this one
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Aksel.
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 17 Dec 2007, 22:38
Your capture of the column is post card perfect.

One of the places I was in awe of and was so pleased I made the effort to see. As I had travelled from Rome it was also the place I discovered the pain of not carrying an extra memory card with you.
Ginnie Hart: So glad you've seen it, too, Aussie. It's hard to forget a place like this! Thanks.
  • Ellie
  • been to a Carol Service
  • 17 Dec 2007, 22:58
Our two went to Pompeii and other sites a couple of years ago with school, they both thought it was marvellous although he preferred the old port, I can't remember the name.
I don't know what it is about ancient civilisations that is fascinating, but it's got a heck of an appeal - just like this picture smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Ellie. I can imagine your son just ate this place up!
  • attah
  • london
  • 17 Dec 2007, 23:03
well deserving of accolades. nicely done.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Attah, for stopping by and commenting!
  • John
  • San Anselmo
  • 18 Dec 2007, 18:04
Nice shot Ginnie. Subtle yet straightforward. Very powerful.

Rome was a Democracy, an Empire, and marveled in invention and technology for the times. Sounds familiar huh?

Your shot captures all the nuances of the Empire. Politics, Striving to Learn, Strength, Technology, Power, Timelessness. Very much an icon of the Roman Empire.
Magnificent detail, Ginnie. I like much Roman history. He is very peculiar as these Romans painted and colored their columns and houses!
Ginnie Hart: I am liking it more and more, José Angel. The more I see, the more I like! Thanks.

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