Mortar falls in Roman Colosseum

I know there is a lot of big news going on all over the world every day, but there are some stories I can’t help but pay attention to.  My latest is this one from Reuters India:

Falling mortar renews worry over Rome’s Colosseum

I know this isn’t tragic news for a lot of people.  In fact, if some of the comments on the Yahoo article (which includes a quote from Darius Arya, who runs the AIRC where I participated in a dig in 2007) are any measure, plenty of people wouldn’t care about seeing it go.  Arguments for its destruction (or at least to let it continue to deteriorate) include everything from letting time take it’s “natural” course to citing the structure as a monument to the death of Christians.

Really?  Do we really have to make this a religious argument?  This is so much more.  This is a monumental historic structure that stands for the amazing abilities of humanities, some of its brightest and darkest moments, and hope for the future.  The Colosseum is the largest amphitheater ever built by the Roman Empire.  Over time it has seen more than the battles of gladiators and the execution of enemies of the empire.  It has seen epic sea battles that would impress even jaded modern eyes.  It has seen moments of worship, even serving as a Christian shrine, and has survived thousands of years of elements, earthquakes, and tourists.

It is a monument to the human spirit.

Inside the Colosseo

It is a beautiful site at night.

Colosseo at night

It is breathtaking…



Colosseo & sky… and cannot be allowed to just fade into the mists of time.  It is a history we can all share, especially here in the Western world where so much of our foundation can be traced back to the Roman Empire. It is our responsibility to let the past remain, to keep these amazing feats as learning tools, lessons for the people to come.  One day I’d like to bring my daughter to the Colosseum, let her stand at the base and crane her neck up to see the heights to which it reaches.  I’ll let her wander inside, marveling at the intricacies of architecture and the ingenuity of construction.  We’ll talk about Rome, it’s history and it’s future, and I hope it will help her to understand the importance of keeping history alive.

Just my two cents.

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2 Responses to “Mortar falls in Roman Colosseum”
  1. Ed B says:

    I’m with you .. I hope too much mortar does not fall ! Thanks for the read and pictures !

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