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In pictures: Rome marks 'anniversary'

Men dressed as Roman soldiers 20 April

Rome took a step back in time on Sunday as the city marked the anniversary of its legendary foundation.

Men dressed as Roman soldiers 20 April

Legend has it that Rome was founded on 21 April, 753 BC by the twin sons of the war god Mars, Romulus and Remus.

Men dressed as Roman soldiers 20 April

The traditional pagan festival is known as the Christmas of Rome.

Men dressed as Roman soldiers 20 April

Ornate costumes brought the history of the Roman legions and centurions back to life.

Men dressed as Roman soldiers 20 April

Troops paraded along the Fori Imperiali avenue, with the ancient Colosseum providing the perfect backdrop.

Men dressed as Roman soldiers 20 April

But the armour made it hot work for some in the Italian sun.

Toilets for Rome parade 20 April

Luckily, modern facilities were on hand to provide relief to the troops.

Tourists watch parade in Rome 20 April

Ancient and modern: The spectacle provided a photo opportunity for tourists in the capital.




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