|Statue of Roman dictator Caius Julius Caesar, outside the Roman Forum (Forum Romanum; il Foro Romano) and the Forum of Caesar (Forum Iulium; il Foro Giulio) on the Via dei Fori Imperali in Rome. (My own photograph.)|
Just in case you're wondering about how popular Julius Caesar is in Rome, check out ... well, I have to explain it.
|The Temple of Caesar (aka Temple of Deified Julius; Templum Divi Iuli; Tempio del Divo Giulio) in the Roman Forum. (My own photograph.)|
|Another view of the Temple of Caesar. (My own photograph.)|
|Remains of the altar inside the front alcove of the Temple of Caesar. I guess Julius Caesar is still popular. (My own photograph.)|
My trip to Rome was so wonderful because after studying ancient Rome for decades, I could see it come alive and have real meaning for people today. The people of Rome are very proud of their imperial history. As they should be.
As sad as today is for the loss of one of the greatest leaders of all time (wish we had Julius Caesar today; we could sure use him to fix our country), we should all use today to remember the greatness that was ancient Rome, which, for all of its many faults, was by far the most progressive, far-sighted, fair and benevolent power of the ancient world; and to celebrate the gifts that Rome bestowed on Western civilization that carry us even today.