March 15, 2011


On this day in 44BC, Roman Emperor Julius Caesar was assassinated by high ranking Roman Senators. The day is known as the "Ides of March."
Pretty much on a serious Roman theme at the moment. The 'Piazza of St. Peter' by Bernini - "Four rows of simple and majestic Doric columns, 300 all together, carved from Roman travertine, form an oval 650 feet across the long axis marked by three monuments: laterally by fountains propelling tall jets of water and in the center by an Egyptian obelisk that had served as a turning post in the chariot races at the ancient Circus of Nero. As they enter the piazza, the faithful are embraced by "the motherly arms of the church," Bernini's own description of his Colonnade. The Colonnade becomes simultaneously a dramatic frame for the church, a nurturing enclosure for the crowds of faithful, and a stage for the processions and other sacred spectacles on which, at this particular period, the Catholic Church so strongly depended for its appeal."

Marvin Trachtenberg and Isabelle Hyman. Architecture: from Prehistory to Post-Modernism.