Roman Empire's Colossal Monument Amazes Softball Team
June 21, 2017
ROME – It was a colossus kind of a day for the DePaul softball team taking in the magnificent sights of ancient Rome.
Standing amidst the unbelievable vastness of the Roman Colosseum with a capacity to hold 250,000 people was a testament to what the Roman culture had built.
We toured from sun up to sun down, viewing many of the amazing features of Rome that have remained for thousands of years. Some of what we encountered included the ruins of Le Domus Romane Palazzo Valentini, the Victor Emanuel Monument, the Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum and the home of the vestal virgins. Although every sight was historically unique, if we had to choose a favorite, it is the Trevi Fountain and the Colosseum.
At the Trevi Fountain, we were your typical tourists in Rome. First, we got Gelato to cool off from today’s hot sun. After admiring the Trevi Fountain, we went down to take pictures and throw our coins in.
The tradition is to throw coins over the opposite shoulder of your dominant hand. We threw in a total of three coins. Each coin represented something different. The first was for health, the second was for wealth, and the third was for a return to Rome.
We found out that back in the times of the Roman Empire, the fountain was the base of the aqueduct where all of the town’s people would come to collect their water. According to legend, if you drink water from the fountain during a full moon, you would have a good life. But, considering we all tossed in our dirty coins, we do not recommend trying this.
Another favorite tourist attraction was the Colosseum. The sheer size was incredible. Finding out only 25 percent of it remains today was mindboggling.
We learned about the history of the Colosseum and the gladiators that fought there. Most were prisoners of war fighting for their freedom, but some were people that pursued fighting as a way of life. The gladiators were the celebrities of their time if they were good fighters---the equivalent of professional football players today.
During the Roman Empire, Christians were persecuted for their faith. After the fall of the Roman Empire, there a cross placed directly across from where the emperors sat. This was the Christians’ way of showing the Roman Empire no longer had control over them and their faith.
Although it was a long day of walking in the hot sun, experiencing the different layers of Roman history made it all worth it. This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience with our teammates that we will truly never forget. We highly recommend visiting these historical landmarks at some time in your life because there is nothing else that can really compare.
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