Pecunia non olet

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I know I have described tourists in Rome in an earlier post but today I was one, wearing the headset etc and following our guide around the excavations (scavi) of the ancient Roman seaport of Ostio Antico (nothing to do with a lack of calcium, I discovered).

The 88 delegates to the first international conference of the Society of Catholic Priests had a day out to this ancient city where St Paul would have landed when he was brought to Rome as a prisoner.

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The masons amongst us would have had a field day (literally) as I have never seen so many brick walls. What ever happened to bricks? Modern Melbourne construction is all pre-fabricated concrete held together by Meccano.

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Above is an early laundry where the slaves ‘trod the washing’ in large stone vasts. I also learnt the origin of the phrase Pecunia non olet (‘money doesn’t stink’) – google it if you must know before I get back.

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There were many statues uncovered in the area but those were clearly the days before facial recognition software.

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This ossuary looks familiar. Could someone please check under the rear bay window of the vicarage as I think I have one with pot plants in it. This may need a rethink.

There was a fair amount of follow-the-leader during our visit as you can see from the photo below.

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The temperature hit 30C and the vicar of Mount Eliza required a parasol.

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There were many communal activities to keep the Romans of the day busy. I trust the photo below requires no explanation.

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