Part 2 of a series of photo essays on my recent trip to Rome. Part 1 can be read here.
Day 2 of our Rome trip was a combination of work and vacation. The choice of Rome as a destination was originally motivated by an invitation from an optics colleague to visit him at Roma Tre University, and my former postdoc advisor and I both volunteered to give short talks about our research. We were scheduled for pre-lunchtime presentations, so we slept in a little bit and then took a taxi to the university.
Even a taxi ride in Rome can be interesting, though, as we passed several ancient landmarks of note along the way! Three of them appeared in a single photo I snapped on the road.
In the foreground of this piazza is the Fountain of the Tritons (Fontana dei Tritoni), completed in 1715 under order of Pope Clement XI as a monument in his memory. Right behind that is a significantly older structure, the Tempio di Ercole Vincitore (Temple of Hercules Victor), which dates to the 2nd century B.C.E.! The roof on the structure is not original, but was added later; the columns are original. On the far right of the photo is the Tempio di Portuno (Temple of Portunus), originating in the 3rd or 4th century B.C.E. but rebuilt somewhere around 100 B.C.E. It, and the Temple of Hercules Victor, were both converted to Catholic churches at some point in their history and probably owe their survival to this.