Temple of Saturn

© Jean B. Hall

Temple of Saturn

Uploaded: September 11, 2008


These are the remains of the Temple of Saturn, the oldest temple in the Roman Forum. The first temple was consecrated in 498 B.C., during the early years of the Roman Republic, torn down in 42 B.C., and rebuilt. The second was destroyed by fire in 283 A.D. The eight surviving granite columns are from the third temple. and the inscription on the pediment above them translates, “The Senate and the People of Rome restored what the fire had consumed.”

The building also served as the treasury where Rome’s supply of gold and silver was stored. Seen from this angle, it puts me in mind of the last few lines of Percy Shelley’s poem Ozymandias:

"My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!”
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.


Mary E. Lake September 11, 2008

Makes me feel as if I'm right there in front of it, :) #996915

Jean B. Hall September 11, 2008

Thanks very much, Mary. It was a real thrill for me to see the Forum. I have always been a big fan of Roman history! #6443585

KARU WIJESUNDARA. A.N.P.A.S. September 11, 2008


KARU. #6443952

Jean B. Hall September 12, 2008

Thanks very much, Karu. #6444376

Kristy A. Keene September 12, 2008

WOW! Awesome Capture, Jean!!! #6444395

Jean B. Hall September 12, 2008

Thanks, Kristy. Really appreciate your kind comment. #6444482

Avril Young September 12, 2008

Outstanding detail,clarity and composition...lovely tones and light too...thanks for the infor about it, very interesting indeed! #6444498

Stefania Barbier level-addict September 12, 2008

just beautiful Jean! #6445425

Reynaldo D. Reyes level-classic September 12, 2008

Oh wow, great capture of the remnants of this civilization and your narrative adds so much significance to this wonderful image. Love those markings and fine details, a testimony to the artisans of the time. Great work Jean! #6446030

Jean B. Hall September 12, 2008

Thanks, Reynaldo. I had actually forgotten which temple this was -- but was able to identify it by Googling the inscription on the pedimen...and then find out more about it than our guide told us. Interestingly, the same floorplan was used for all three temples. #6446161

Evy Johansen level-classic September 12, 2008

Wonderful capture, Jean!! Beautiful texture and great composition!! Thanks for the info!! #6448281

Jean B. Hall September 13, 2008

Really appreciate your comments, Evy. Thanks! #6448369

Leslie Carson Wolfe October 16, 2008

Excellent point of view! Nice work Jean! Adding your descriptive captions and sensitivity to poetic writing you could publish a wonderful book of your travels! #6610741

Jean B. Hall October 16, 2008

What a lovely compliment, Leslie! Thank you so very much. You made my day! #6610754

Courtenay Vanderbilt October 22, 2008

Congratulations on your Finalist Jean, this is fabulous! #6641108

Nancy (Peaches) Harker October 22, 2008

HUGE CONGRATS and best of luck in the next round! #6641455

Stefania Barbier level-addict October 22, 2008


Jean B. Hall October 23, 2008

Dear Courtenay, Nancy, and Stefania -- I can't thank you enough for your good wished. Your messages really made my day! #6642489

Connie J. Bagot October 23, 2008

Congratulations Jean---love your pov and the textures are amazing! #6646381

Jean B. Hall October 23, 2008

Thank you very much, Connie! #6647349

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic October 23, 2008

Congrats. on this very beautiful Finalist.

UB. #6649072

Jean B. Hall October 23, 2008

Thanks so much, Usman. I'm really thrilled about it! #6649782

Jean B. Hall October 24, 2008

Thank you very much, Sabrina! #6652364

Beverley Scott October 26, 2008

Congratulations, Jean, on your terrific Finalist photo. I love the composition and POV -and especially the reference to Ozymandias which I studied in school. #6664016

Jean B. Hall October 27, 2008

Thanks so much, Beverly! #6669243

Songbird Cline level-classic June 04, 2011

very very cool image.. love the point of view.. well done. #9443945

Jean B. Hall June 04, 2011

Thanks very much, Songbird. #9444084

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