A Sabbath walk along the walls of Roman Calleva.

God said: ‘Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw it was good. ….

Genesis 1: 9,10
We are looking across these green fields from one side of a circular Roman wall towards the East Gate near the 12th century church of St Mary all in the distance. There are seven gates.
Imagine a thriving Roman town of
400,000 meters squared, all surrounded by a wall.
Archaeologists from Reading University have been able to look at it after 1, 500 years without the annoyance of anything built over it or it being reoccupied.
It was abandoned in the 6th/7th century.
The path above the wall walking in close contact with the greys of sharp flint stone faces, weathered by time and softened with lichen.
An appreciated blending in on this grey filled day.
A map with the lay out of the town.

Then in the Reading Museum we can complete our picture of this lively Roman town with artifacts.

Keys of all sizes and shapes.
Mosaic floors
A small section of a whole.
Roman floor showing intricate designs. It is such a privilege to look into the lives of people living creative, full lives. Comfortable and prosperous in their country until the Black death came along.

Here are some sayings about walls:

It is not the walls that make the city, but the people who live within them.

George VI (1895- 1952 King of the United Kingdom 1936-1952)

Every sensitive person carries in themselves old cities enclosed by ancient walls.

Robert Walser (1878 – 1956 German speaking Swiss writer.)

Don’t spend time beating on a wall hoping to transform it into a door.

Coco Chanel (1883 – 1971 French Fashion Designer and business woman. If you are interested in Coco Chanel’s life google The Disturbing Story of Coco Chanel.

Thank you for reading this post.

Sandy 🙂

11 thoughts on “A Sabbath walk along the walls of Roman Calleva.

  1. Fascinating! Romans left a good amount of things for us to explore Build to last as well! I love the saying by Robert Walser and the mosaic floor have stunning designs So intricate and well preserved


  2. Such an interesting post. Wish I’d become an archeologist. “Every sensitive person carries in themselves old cities enclosed by ancient walls.” 👌


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