Tuesday, March 30, 2004
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Shops

When they built the shopping mall now known as Trajan's Market, back in the 2nd century, it was smack across a highway, the via Biberatica. So, naturally, they routed the highway right through the shopping complex, the lots of convenient tabernae right there to assist the weary traveller.

Shops

A taberna used to be any old shop, but gradually came to mean a drinking place, a tavern -- In taberna quando sumus/Non curamus quid sit humus is bad Latin but a good drinking song.