Day 114 of My Italian Learning Journal*
As we begin a new year, I wonder about the origins of man's efforts to tell and record time. The earliest clocks known, from archaeological finds, are shadow clocks and sundials, some of which date to 1500 BC in ancient Babylon. The sundial has an interesting history. For this blog post, we fast forward to the Palazzo Montecitorio and the Solarium Augusti. erected by Emperor Augustus on the Campus Martius in 9 B.C. The obelisk functioned as a gnomon that cast its shadow on a marble pavement with a network of lines, by which it was possible to read the time of day according to the season of the year. I have a greater appreciation for the Solarium Augusti now than when I first saw it several years ago. The city of Rome is home to the most obelisks in the world. To access an excellent website about the Obelisks of Rome click here.
- Nell'antichità, le persone usavano la meridiana per indicare e registrare il tempo.
In antiquity, people used sundials to indicate and record time.
- Le meridiane erano utilizzate nell'antica Babilonia nel 1500 A.C.
The sundials were used in ancient Babylon in 1500 B.C.
- Le ombre deghi obelischi sono state utilizzate dagli egiziani per indicare il tempo.
The shadows of Obelisks were used by the Egyptians to indicate the time.
- Il Solarium Augusti fu portato dall'Egitto ed eretto dall'imperatore Augustus sul Campo Marzio nel 9 A.C.
The Solarium Augusti erected by Emperor Augustus on the Campus Martius in 9 B.C.
- Il Solarium Augusti sorge in Piazza Montecitorio.
The Solarium Augusti
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*Note: This is my personal journal of daily practice in learning Italian. I welcome Italian grammar corrections. Grazie.