July 12, 2014

Lightning at Roman Forum, Italy

Photograph by Bao-Loc-Yvan Tran

Lightning bolts shoot down from the heavens behind the Roman Forum in Italy. The forum, which served as the heart of ancient Rome for almost a thousand years, had humble beginnings: Before it was a communal marketplace, it was both a cemetery and a garbage dump. Its signature monuments likely didn't appear until the seventh century B.C., during the reigns of the first Etruscan kings.

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