S P Q R
Do you know what SPQR stands for? Well after seeing this symbol nearly every ten feet throughout the city from coins to ruins to trashcans, I was dying to get back to our apartment to google it to find out what it meant.
SPQR are the initials for the Latin phrase, Senatus Populusque Romanus (“The Senate and Roman People”), referring to the government of the ancient Roman Republic. I love this city – so much history! I mean it ruled the world from 500 BC to 500 AD and after it fell, the world went into the Dark Ages! When you think about it, it is crazy how much this city has influenced the world.