SPQR – Senatus Populusque Romanus (The Senate and People of Rome). How could this blog be complete without a shot illustrating the slogan of Rome? You’ll see it everywhere….man holes, trash cans, bus stops, and even people’s bodies in the form of tattoos. This particular capture comes from the top of sign boards that you see all over the city. I’ve been meaning to get a shot of one for ages and yesterday on the via Cavour, while waiting for the bus, I finally got the chance. It was actually really nice because I’ve been running around with projects this past month, I really haven’t had a much time to shoot as I normally do. Which is to say, bring the camera with me and just hang out until something captures my eye. Don’t get me wrong, it’s awesome to have focused projects to do, but I like this as well, as the results are very spontaneous.
So, back to the slogan. The phrase came into existence at some point for the Roman Republic was founded and can essentially be taken to mean that Rome is both for the people, as well as the Senate, without one have absolute authority over the other. The slogan eventually ran out of use until, who else, Mr. Mussolini resurrected it to add to his idea of a new Roman “Empire.” Like a surprising amount of Mussolini’s changes, the idea stuck and as a result, you’ll see it everywhere.