“Rome wasn’t built in one day”………. but it was built by slaves. The level of decorative detail carved into buildings, the sizes of the stone blocks, the distances they were transported, the sheer number of stacked bricks (so heavy that the center of the city has slowly sunk into the earth) – all is economically impossible. Today. In a society where projects like these would be funded by taxes. We choose to prevent excess. And we are supposedly better off for it. But will today’s glass and high strength steel skyscrapers be dug up and admired in 2000 years? That’s 60 generations into the future. I doubt it- there are 1000x fewer man-hours involved with the design and construction of a skyscraper, and we feel the lack of authenticity.
Ancient Romans were vain people, as evidenced by their art. Men’s mustaches are depected in statues too impractically long. Abdominal and pectoral muscles are defined. Hair is thick and curly, heads tilt to point noses slightly up. Women grow angel-wings. Painted children’s faces look extra soft, always finding sunlight. Senators sat in luxury boxes. Today little has changed, vanity is everywhere, although to be fair, this is more of an international crowd. What an international crowd looks like in a major European city in 2017:
- Young couples who smoke and sit on each other
- Fat Brits with pale faces, minimal hair, and wives who catch their breath at the top of staircases
- Children speaking American English
- Many many groups of high school students from miscellaneous EU countries
- Designer jeans, ADIDAS tennis shoes, shiny blue metallic + frameless sunglasses
- Italian military men with dark eyebrows, tall boots, and trigger fingers engaged w/ their AK-47s
- Thousands of selfies per minute
- Asian tour groups
- Black men selling African looking wooden trinkets
- Pakistanees selling selfie-sticks
- Native americans with dream catchers and one sniffing something off his fingers
- Young men with tattoos break dancing in t-shirts that slide down to expose “chiseled abs” (words of a female passerby) when they’re updside down. They’re not unlike the statues, really, with incredible physical energy. This would be the place for it!