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Retiarius
spotted at 15, piazza della Rotonda, across from the Roman Pantheon, in October 1997


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The plaque on the building reads:

PIVS · VII · P · M · AN · PONTIFICATVS · SVI · XXIII ·
AREAM · ANTE · PANTHEON · M · AGRIPPAE
IGNOBILIBVS · TABERNIS
DEMOLITIONE · PROVIDENTISSIMA
AB · INVISA · DEFORMITATE · VINDICAVIT
ET · IN · LIBERVM · LOCI · PROSPECTVM · PATERE · IVSSIT

Which being translated:

Pius VII Supreme Pontiff, in the Year of His Pontificate the 23rd,
the area before the Pantheon of Marcus Agrippa
being occupied by undistinguished eateries,
freed it of a detestable deformity
by undertaking a very thoughtful program of demolition
and ordered that it remain clear, to provide an unobstructed view of the site.
Don't know what a retiarius is? Go here.
Or pull back and get a view of the whole piazza.

I'm happy to report that, finally, in the spring of 2011, this particular McDonald's is closed. It is . . . history.


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