Friday, February 27, 2009

Gladiators on Parade

From a trip to Rome just before Xmas 2006. The slashing brick buttress demands almost all one's attention, with only a little left over to notice the remnants of marble on the arch.

Whether the middle image is a chimney or a buttress, it is representative of the piles of tiles stacked on top of each other to protect brick and mortar from excess moisture. 

The lonely abandoned villa sits within, above and among Roman ruins that got there first. Maybe someday other villas will come to keep it company and make a new neighborhood behind the Campidoglio. 

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