I hope that you have had a chance to read my posting about Mdina- the walled medieval city. Just outside the walls is the Domus Romana museum This was the other part of our city visit as it showed life before the medieval period. Quite civilised too.
The man of the house saw the visitors who came to see him in the mornings. Afternoons were about socialising, wining and dining.
The mosaics are very well preserved and could still be considered in a modern environment.
The mosaics also show that the Romans were not protected from changes of fortune as can occur all too commonly today. In this instance we can see it as they had a make do and mend approach to the mosaic.
The Romans also faced the same issues we do about water supply. The museum details how they were working our methods of dealing with it 2000 years ago.
The actual remains, which are outside, do not fully reflect the history of this villa. There is a mention that part of the site was affected by preparation works for the railway which was to be built in 1881.
The unplanned damage to a key historic site reminds of the piece from that well known novel of my childhood ” “The Hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams when planet earth was to be destroyed for a interstellar superhighway.
Just hope that the Romans did not suffer the same fate
see the following you tube snippet https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1WomfhjyVM
This same book also mentions the babelfish – a clever way to translate various languages.
Today we just have Google Translate and yes I was briefly taught Latin in my day and for some reason I cannot recall a word. So I will need help by one or other method.
When one goes on holiday trying to learn the language of your hosts shows courtesy but unless one is very skilled it is quite a struggle.
grazzi talli qrajt din il-biċċa.
Nispera li google translate bablefish għamel biċċa xogħol tajba
thank you for reading this piece.
I hope that google translate bablefish has done a good job
The link to google translate is below https://translate.google.co.uk/#view=home&op=translate&sl=en&tl=mt&text=thank%20you%20for%20reading%20this%20piece.%0A%20I%20hope%20that%20google%20translate%20bablefish%20has%20done%20a%20good%20job
I hope you enjoy your retirement and travelling