"What we do in life echoes in eternity"
Hello and thanks for visiting my profile, please relax and stay awhile. Before I get sidetracked talking about my favorite movies and all I would like to tell you about the profile, if I may? The font I chose to use is very similar to that used on ancient Roman buildings. The theme and background image are from the movie Gladiator. The song in the youtube video is called Now We Are Free which is sung by Lisa Gerrard. The movie clips in the youtube video are from the movie Gladiator. The colors I used are red, gold and black which happen to be my favorite colors and just seem to go well together. I am 39 years of age but most days I feel much older and I'm currently living in the United States. I Have been on Vampire rave for some time now and had multiple accounts which I either gave away or closed out. Since I was a young boy I have been fascinated with Roman conquests and Roman Mythology. I would read anything I could get my hands on about these subjects. I spent countless hours at the local library reading book after book. As the computer age became much more advanced it was easy to spend those countless hours sitting at the PC instead, looking at link after link.
Two of my favorite movies are 'Gladiator', which was released in 2000 and 'The Eagle', which was released in 2011. There are so many great movies which involve Rome that it would be impossible for me to list all of my favorites here. As you can probably guess I was a huge fan of the TV show called 'Rome' which first aired in 2005 and ended in 2007. My favorite music happens to be Heavy Metal but I will listen to just about anything that has awesome guitar riffs. A few of my favorite bands include Metallica, Black Sabbath, Megadeth, Iron Maiden and Led Zeppelin. A couple of books about Ancient Rome I would highly recommend are I, Claudius (Claudius #1) by Robert Grave, Claudius the God and His Wife Messalina (Claudius #2) by Robert Graves, The Twelve Caesars by Suetonius and The First Man in Rome (Masters of Rome, #1) by Colleen McCullough. Actually I would recommend the whole Masters of Rome series.
Below, I took the liberty of listing the Ancient Roman Virtues. They were the qualities of life to which every Roman Citizen (and, ideally, everyone else) were expected to achieve. They were the heart of the Via Romana — the Roman Way — and were thought to be those qualities which gave the Roman Republic the moral strength to conquer and civilize the world. Today, they are the rods against which we can measure our own behavior and character, and we can strive to better understand and practice them in our everyday lives. In addition to the Personal Virtues which were aspired to by individuals, Roman culture also strived to uphold Virtues which were shared by all of society in common. Note that some of the virtues to which individuals were expected to aspire are also public virtues to be sought by society as a whole. These virtues were often expressed by minting them on coinage; in this way, their message would be shared by all the Classical world. In many cases, these Virtues were personified as deities.
Avctoritas: "Spiritual Avthority" The sense of one's social standing,
built vp through experience, Pietas, and Indvstria.
Comitas: "Hvmor" Ease of manner, courtesy, openness, and friendliness.
Clementia: "Mercy" Mildness and gentleness.
Dignitas: "Dignity" A sense of self-worth, personal pride.
Firmitas: "Tenacity" Strength of mind, the ability to stick to one's pvrpose.
Frvgalitas: "Frvgalness" Economy and simplicity of style, without being miserly.
Gravitas: "Gravity" A sense of the importance of the matter at hand,
responsibility and earnestness.
Honestas: "Respectibility" The image that one presents as a respectable member of society.
Hvmanitas: "Hvmanity" Refinement, civilization, learning, and being cvltvred.
Indvstria: "Indvstriousness" Hard work.
Pietas: "Dvtifulness" More than religious piety; a respect for the natural order socially,
politically, and religiously.
Prvdentia: "Prvdence" Foresight, wisdom, and personal discretion.
Salvbritas: "Wholesomeness" Health and cleanliness.
Severitas: "Sternness" Gravity, self-control.
Veritas: "Trvthfulness" Honesty in dealing with others.
Abvndantia: "Abvndance, Plenty" The ideal of there being enough food and
prosperity for all segments of society.
Aeqvitas: "Eqvity" Fair dealing both within government and among the people.
Bonvs Eventvs: "Good fortvne" Rememberance of important positive events.
Clementia: "Clemency" Mercy, shown to other nations.
Concordia: "Concord" Harmony among the Roman people, and also between
Rome and other nations.
Felicitas: "Happiness, prosperity" A celebration of the best aspects of Roman society.
Fides: "Confidence" Good faith in all commercial and governmental dealings.
Fortvna: "Fortvne" An acknowledgement of positive events.
Genivs: "Spirit of Rome" Acknowledgement of the combined spirit of Rome, and its people.
Hilaritas: "Mirth, rejoicing" An expression of happy times.
Jvstica: "Jvstice" As expressed by sensible laws and governance.
Laetitia: "Joy, Gladness" The celebration of thanksgiving, often of the resolution of crisis.
Liberalitas: "Liberality" Generovs giving.
Libertas: "Freedom" A Virtue which has been subsequently aspired to by all cultures.
Nobilitas: "Noblility" Noble action within the pvblic sphere.
Ops: "Wealth" Acknowledgement of the prosperity of the Roman world.
Patientia: "Endvrance, Patience" The ability to weather storms and crisis.
Pax: "Peace" A celebration of peace among society and between nations.
Pietas: "Piety, Dvtifulness" People paying honor to the gods.
Providentia: "Providence, Fortethought" The ability of Roman society to survive
trials and manifest a greater destiny.
Pvdicita: "Modesty, Chastity." A public expression which belies the accvsation of "moral
corrvptness" in ancient Rome.
Salvs: "Safety" Concern for pvblic health and welfare.
Secvritas: "Confidence, Secvrity" Brovght by peace and efficient governance.
Spes: "Hope" Especially dvring times of difficulty.
Vberitas: "Fertility" Particvlarly concerning agricvltvre.
Virtus: "Covrage" Especially of leaders within society and government.
The Roman Colossevm is the most famous monvment to have svrvived from the classical world. It was bvilt nearly two thovsand years ago for the pvrpose of hosting violent gladiator games. Thovsands of men and animals fought for their lives in the sandy arena. A few gladiators and warriors fovnd glory there. Some even fovnd fame and riches but many more died an anonymovs death, providing entertainment for eager Roman spectators. The powerful associations and images evoked by the Roman Colossevm express both the majesty and might of the Roman empire. It dominates the space it occvpies, towering above the svrrounding Roman streets and bvildings. It is a symbol of the imperial might and architectvral ingenvity of the Roman empire that dominated the ancient Mediterranean world for centvries. The story of the amphitheater and its gladiator games from their origins through the zenith of their development and into the decline and eventval fall provides a vnique insight into the evolvtion and fall of the Roman empire itself.
The construction of the Colosseum began in 72 CE in the reign of Vespasian on the site that was once the lake and gardens of Emperor Nero’s Golden House. This was drained and as a precaution against potential earthquake damage concrete foundations six metres deep were put down. The building was part of a wider construction programme begun by Emperor Vespasian in order to restore Rome to its former glory prior to the turmoil of the recent civil war. As Vespasian claimed on his coins with the inscription Roma resurgens, the new buildings --the Temple of Peace, Sanctuary of Claudius and the Colosseum-- would show the world that ‘resurgent’ Rome was still very much the centre of the ancient world.
The Flavian Amphitheatre (or Amphiteatrum Flavium as it was known to the Romans) opened for business in 80 CE in the reign of Titus, Vespasian’s eldest son, with a one hundred day gladiator spectacular and was finally completed in the reign of the other son, Domitian. The finished building was like nothing seen before and situated between the wide valley joining the Esquiline, Palatine and Caelian hills, it dominated the city. The biggest building of its kind, it had the following features:
*a height of 45 metres high (150 feet).
*a width of 189 x 156 metres.
*an oval arena measuring 87.5 m by 54.8 m.
*a roofed awning of canvas.
*capacity for 50,000 spectators.
The theatre was principally built from locally quarried limestone with internal linking lateral walls of brick, concrete and volcanic stone (tufa). Vaults were built of lighter pumice stone. The sheer size of the theatre was the possible origin of the popular name of Colosseo, however, a more likely origin may have been as a reference to the colossal gilded bronze statue of Nero which was converted to resemble the sun-god and which stood outside the theatre until the 4th century CE.
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