“For lovers of old stones like us, the wilderness that is left after the fall of ancient cities – which is not like any other kind of wilderness – this place could hardly be better.” Barry Unsworth
I’m Margo Malcolm, and I live on Vancouver Island, Canada. I live a long way from any place the Romans left their footprints – crumbling temples, shards of pottery, hoards of coins and silver, towering aqueducts, intact glass vessels, imposing fortress walls and iconic amphitheatres – just to name a few. Nevertheless, I’m a lover of old stones and this website, Roman Footprints, chronicles my travels in search of these vestiges of ancient Romans.
In my early 20s, I quit my office job, loaded up a big backpack and traveled around Europe for 5 months. It was an education and it kindled my love of history. But it also showed me my basic ignorance of it. Upon my return to Vancouver Island I got on with my life – I got another government job, got married and had two kids.
But the seed had been planted – I wanted to study ancient classical history. Twenty years later, taking classes part time for seven years, I finished my BA in Greek and Roman Studies at the University of Victoria. Three years after that I took my first trip back to Europe where I visited Hadrian’s Wall in Britain and the Pont du Gard in France, and for the last fifteen years I’ve made seven trips to Britain, two to France, two to Italy, one each to Germany, Switzerland, Greece, Turkey, Spain, Portugal, Belgium and the Netherlands.
Veni, Vidi, Scribi – I came, I saw, I wrote (and took a lot of photos)