Rome

Julius Caesar, late bloomer

When in Rome, it’s fun to tune into ancient history. After all, there are picturesque ruins at every turn, not to mention the layers of unexcavated history that lie beneath the most pedestrian buildings. For my last morning in Rome, I took a walk past the remains of the gladiators’ locker rooms. I confess I’m…

Seeing the Colosseum

For those of you who have vivid images of Emperor Nero laughing maniacally as lions snacked on Christians in the Colosseum, I have bad news. Nero, it turns out, died before the Colosseum was built in the First Century. In fact, in his day the site of the famous amphitheater was a lake. This was…