Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The Ancient Roman Town of Carnuntum, Near Vienna

About 25 miles east of Vienna is the ancient Roman town of Carnuntum. Originally a Roman military camp, Marcus Aurelius, the Roman emperor and philosopher, lived in Carnuntum during the years 172-175. Here he wrote part of his famous book, Meditations, much of which is about being a good person.

The village was on the Amber Route and served as an important market in the amber trade. I didn't see amber when we visited but I did like the re-creations of the domestic aspects of Roman life in the times. The food looked beautiful in simple baskets and pottery:

A sleeping area and twig broom:

Some rustic stairs:

Board games:

Some of the excavation areas:

The remains of Heldentor or Pagan's Gate as seen through a plastic display indicating the original design:

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