A close-up of carving of soldiers, carrying away the spoils of the Temple. Hits rather close to home.
When you read about things, you don’t quite get the impact. When you see physical depictions, there’s a smashing, crashing, thunderous bang in your brain and your heart and your stomach.
And just about no “civilization” is immune — from being the aggressor, from being the victim.
Haven’t we learned anything in two thousand years? Anything at all? Be kind to each other. It’s really that simple. But we seem to have a very hard time with it indeed.
(P.S. I had the wrong arch identified yesterday. They are all in the forum area, which is huge. Yesterday’s arch was the arch of Constantine, and I corrected yesterday’s blog entry. You can check it out… Apologies for the error.)