2016-320 – Pula Arena Mandala

Pula Arena - source: CroatiaReviews.com
Pula Arena – source: CroatiaReviews.com

This week’s MotD theme: Round Ancient Roman Structures

The Pula Arena in Croatia “is the only remaining Roman amphitheatre to have four side towers and with all three Roman architectural orders entirely preserved” per CroatiaReviews.com. Look at all those arches!

From Wikipedia it states:

The Arena was built between 27 BC – 68 AD, as the city of Pula became a regional centre of Roman rule, called Pietas Julia. The name was derived from the sand that, since antiquity, covered the inner space. It was built outside the town walls along the Via Flavia, the road from Pula to Aquileia and Rome.

The amphitheatre was first built in timber during the reign of Augustus (2–14 AD). It was replaced by a small stone amphitheatre during the reign of emperor Claudius. In 79 AD it was enlarged to accommodate gladiator fights by Vespasian and to be completed in 81 AD under emperor Titus. This was confirmed by the discovery of a Vespasian coin in the malting.

Inspiration for Today

Showcased over the last few days we’ve seen ancient Roman structures built both in and outside of Italy. While the Romans may have moved out of these other countries back to Italy, remnants of their presence is still there over 2,000 years later.

And just like the ebb and flow of our oceans’ tides, so too do we experience this flow with civilizations and within our own personal lives. It’s the natural order of life here on Earth.

Happy Coloring!

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