Photographer's Note

Good Morning Everyone,

The last couple of days seem a bit of a blur.
Sadly, our wonderful cat Wanda, suddenly went from frisking to lethargy and despite the hard work of the vet, passed away yesterday afternoon.
WE miss her enormously as we have never before had such a friendly cat, which seemed to hold conversations with us!

It has really helped me to empathise with the trauma that many families are undergoing at the moment.
Let's hope this terrible virus is on the wane!

Sorry about that.

Now, the photograph.
This is the view from the top of the Palatine Hill.
If you should go to Rome, this is definitely a place to visit. The views are quite spectacular. In this shot, you can see the nearby ruins of The Colosseum.

According to Roman mythology, the Palatine Hill was the location of the cave, known as the Lupercal, where Romulus and Remus were found by the she-wolf Lupa that kept them alive.

Rome has its origins on the Palatine. Excavations show that people have lived in the area since the 10th century BC. Excavations performed on the hill in 1907 and again in 1948 unearthed a collection of huts believed to have been used for funerary purposes between the 9th and 7th century BC approximating the time period when the city of Rome was founded.

From the start of the Empire (27 BC) Augustus built his palace there and the hill gradually became the exclusive domain of emperors; the ruins of the palaces of at least Augustus (27 BC – 14 AD), Tiberius (14 – 37 AD) and Domitian (81 – 96 AD) can still be seen.

Augustus also built a temple to Apollo here.

Just for interest - the term palace, from Old French palais or paleis, stems ultimately from the proper name of Palatine Hill.

Thank you for your interest, Bev :-)

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Additional Photos by Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8679 W: 353 N: 20131] (79582)
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