National Geographic : 1968 Oct
KODACHROME BY PHILIPA. HARRINGTON;EKTACHROME(OPPOSITE)BY MICHAELKUH there at Robert College. My father spoke of General Wallace's visits to the house. I had to see the sights myself. I can still hear the crunch of cinders giving way under every step as I slogged to the top of Vesuvius to look out over Pompeii, where history's clock stopped August 24, A.D. 79, when an eruption entombed the city in ash. And Rome! The Tiber, still spanned by ancient bridges... the Via Sacra where em perors rode in triumphal processions... the Pantheon, its mighty dome still intact... the Colosseum. Standing in that vast oval of stone, I could almost hear the snarling of wild beasts, the roar of the bloodthirsty crowd. So it was with pleasure that I read in our new book the essay, "The World of Caesar," by Pierre Grimal. This distinguished Profes sor of Latin Literature at the Sorbonne por trays the world's first "big city" bursting with a million people, stirred by new conquests, new money, new ideas. Speculators threw up "high-rise" tenements (which sometimes col lapsed as swiftly). Housewives tossed gar bage into the street. Grain from as far away as Egypt and the Crimea, its price kept low by decree, was unloaded along the Tiber's wharfs. To unsnarl traffic, Caesar banned heavy wagons during the day-thus ruining the nighttime sleep of thousands. Imperial Rome was a city of squalor-and of grandeur, with marble palaces on the Pala tine, great baths, and noble monuments. At its center stood the Forum. Here from every 563 N.G.S.