Three Thousand Years in Nine Days – Day Seven

Another beautiful sunny spring day. Arriving in Ostia Antica from Rome I followed the crowd from the train to the ancient port of Rome. Though Ostia is away from the sea now, the River Tiber having silted up the port centuries ago, I could smell the salt in the air.

The entrance of the archaeological site begins at the ancient road into Ostia.

Road into Ostia

Road into Ostia

Graves line the road into the town. Romans did not allow any burials within their cities.

Graves line the road into the town. Romans did not allow any burials within the town limits.

Necropolis - Home of the Dead

Necropolis – Home of the Dead

Once past where the town gates once stood the Baths of Neptune are to the right.

Baths of Neptune

Baths of Neptune – Palaestra or exercise area

Further along is the theatre.

Ostia Theatre

Ostia Theatre

Theatre Masks at Ostia

Theatre Masks at Ostia

While I was sat looking back at the theatre from the Temple of Ceres, I could hear a choir giving a little concert of Adele songs in the theatre.

Temple of Ceres

Temple of Ceres

Surrounding the Temple of Ceres are the remains of commercial offices of shipping and cargo companies.  The doorway in front of each office had a black and white mosaic relating to their business, mostly pictures of their ships.

Commercial Forum Ship Mosaic

Commercial Forum Ship Mosaic

Some also had mosaics representing the cargo that was shipped to the port of Rome.

Fish, olive oil and dates?

Fish, olive oil and dates?

Amazingly second storeys of building survived at Ostia. I took a photo of the Forum from the second storey of an ancient apartment block (or insula).

View of Ostia's Forum

View of Ostia’s Forum

Forum Capitolium

Forum Capitolium

I met a couple from England and I spent the afternoon touring the site with them. They had been to Pompeii a few days before and they thought that Ostia was equally impressive.

Front of the Forum Baths

Front of the Forum Baths

We wandered around streets and into houses. It felt like a maze and I know I missed a corner.

Domus Della Fortuna Annonaria

Domus Della Fortuna Annonaria

The Domus Della Fortuna Annonaria had its own private latrine.

Domus della Fortuna Annonaria private latrine

Domus della Fortuna Annonaria private latrine

The small museum on the site had several interesting pieces of marble statuary found in Ostia.

Cupid and Psyche from the Domus of Cupid and Psyche

3rd Century Cupid and Psyche from the Domus of Cupid and Psyche

Muse Sarcophagus Detail

2nd Century AD Muse Sarcophagus Detail

Ostia is a sprawling town and, though I had a day to spend there, I did not see everything.  I’m going to have to return again one day.

After a day among the ruins, I took the train a few stops west to modern Ostia and dipped my toes into the Tyhrrenian Sea with my new friends.

On Ostia Beach

On Ostia Beach

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