Sunday, January 10, 2010


Rome manhole cover

S.P.Q.R. stands for the Latin phrase, Senatus PopulusQue Romanus, "The Senate and the People of Rome" referring to the government of the ancient Roman Republic.
S.P.Q.R. is the motto of the city of Rome and appears in the city's coat of arms, as well as on many of the city's civic buildings, manhole covers, drinking fountains and municipal establishments.


  1. Thanks for the interpretation. I suppose another way of looking at the meaning might be "the haves and the have-nots"?

  2. Después de pasear por tu blog compruebo que tienes unas fantasticas imágenes y un gran blog.
    Un saludo, josé luis

    Aaaahhh... gracias por tu visita.

  3. Nice idea for a picture, the SPQ... motto is used in several other cities, obviously well after Rome.

  4. That is some manhole cover...looks so strong and thanks for the info about the SPQR.

  5. Amazing that you can learn something from a manhole cover.

  6. I really love that SPQR and I like to spot it when I am in Rome.


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