Friday, September 18, 2009

Remodel inside the Baths of Caracalla

The interior staircase of the Baths of Caracalla has been rebuilt by the Prefect.

Now, a grand double curved staircase rises to the upper floor, decorated with a massive fountain and a marble naked statue of Venus.

Check it out today!

Monday, September 14, 2009

ROMA September Festival Schedule

Saturday 19th September

9am - Ludi Romani Jupiter Ritual and Feast @ Basilica
This month's festival begins with a ritual for Jupiter, honouring Him as King of the Gods and spiritual father of the Roman Pantheon. Our ritual will be followed by a very special feast in honour of a very special ROMAn - so you won't want to miss it!
Location: ROMA Basilica of Maxentius

11am - Ludi Romani Chariot Races @ Hippodrome
Come race round the spina in ROMA's Circus Maximus Hippodrome! Our chariot races, in honour of Jupiter, will be four 3-lap races - the winners of the first three races will compete in the final race to determine the final winners. There will be cash purses for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. But beware! Chariot racing is a dangerous sport - these chariots can wreck and put you out of the race! Are you skilled enough to beat the odds? Come race and find out!
Location: The ROMA Circus Maximus Hippodrome

1pm - Ludi Romani Gladiator Fight @ Ostia Ludus
Witness our brave gladiators fight for the honour of Jupiter and the glory of ROMA in several bouts to the "death"! The gladiator with the most bouts won will receive a cash purse and be granted a laurel wreath of victory by the Prefect himself! Come watch the bloody battles and cheer your favourite on to glory!
Location: Gladiator Arena in ROMA Transtiberim

3pm - Ludi Romani Cart Race thru Transtiberim
For those of you for whom the idea of a chariot race is too risky, we offer this rustic alternative - a handcart race! The race will make one loop around Transtiberim, with the first cart across the finish line as the winner! The race is run in pairs - one riding the cart, the other pushing it as fast as they can toward victory! Each member of the pair will receive a prize if their cart wins. Can you make it through Transtiberim's rugged terrain as the leader of the pack?
Location: Head of the Transtiberim Path in ROMA Transtiberim

Sunday 20th September

9am - Ludi Romani Art Exposition @ Gallery in Transtiberim
View the beautiful creations of some of ROMA's best artists! At our Art Expo, you'll see beautiful photos, paintings, sculpture, and more - and maybe even get a chance to buy them from the artists themselves! Not all the works are Roman in nature, but all of them are beautiful!
Location: Field of Mars, ROMA Transtiberim

11am - Ludi Romani Poetry Reading @ Mt. Olympus in Transtiberim
For those of you with an intellectual bent, Jupiter has opened up the gates of Mount Olympus for a relaxing hour of poetry! The theme for this reading is "Poems which mention the Muses" and "Poems relating to Art, Music, and Poetry". You can read your favourite poems by other authors or share one of your own compositions.
Location: Mt Olympus in ROMA Transtiberim

1pm - "The Muses" Mini-play @ Theatre of Dionysus
You may have heard of The Muses, but do you really know who they are? Our mini-play will attempt to enlighten you! Come meet the Nine Divine Sisters who have been the inspiration of poets, musicians, and artists since ancient times!
Location: Theater of Dionysus, ROMA

3:30pm - Ludi Romani Grand Feast @ ROMA Forum
Our festivals wind down with the Grand Feast in honour of Jupiter - come dance with us in the ROMA forum to the smooth tunes of JazzMan Correia! In addition to live music & dancing, there will be trivia by our very own Trivia Master, Mickey James (with monetary prizes for the winners)!
Location: ROMA Forum