Aug 18, 2013
Junior Dai-Jon Parker scored 21 points and James Siakam added a double double with 11 points and 15 rebounds as the Commodores wrapped up their European Tour with a 70-37 win over Perugia Basket Sunday evening in Rome. It was the second time in as many nights that Vanderbilt had knocked off the third division team from Italy.
Vanderbilt never trailed in the game on Sunday, with Parker leading the way. Parker was 8-12 from the floor for the game, while Siakam's double-double included a monster follow slam in transition and nine rebounds in the second half.
The team will spend one more day in Rome before heading back to the States on Tuesday. The fall semester for the Commodores will begin on Wednesday.
Statistics from the game Sunday:
Eric McClellan - 9 points, 1 rebound, 4 assists, 1 steal, 1 turnover
Kyle Fuller - 9 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 turnovers
Dai-Jon Parker - 21 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, 2 turnovers
James Siakam - 11 points, 15 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 1 turnover
Josh Henderson - 7 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 turnovers
Rod Odom - 5 points, 4 rebounds, 1 turnover
Shelby Moats - 2 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 turnover
Nathan Watkins - 4 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 turnover
Carter Josephs - 2 points, 2 assists
Dores Tour Coliseum, Roman Forum
Vanderbilt spent Sunday morning touring the Coliseum and the Roman Forum, the city center of the ancient city of Rome.
There are some very interesting photos of the Coliseum and the Forum below. Some notes about the two places today are below.
The Coliseum was built in eight years by a group of 10,000 slaves from the Middle Eastern area who tried to challenge the Roman Empire.
The events at the Coliseum would last all day, and would feature the hunting of animals, and then later in the day, the gladiators would fight.
Unlike what is portrayed in movies and fiction, gladiators never fought animals.
There are pictures featured in the gallery of this, but there was a system of ropes and pulleys that got the animals onto the floor of the Coliseum. Those hallways and walls are still there.
Also, most of the battles of the Gladiators were not to the death, mainly because of financial reasons. The Roman Emperor would be required to pay there times the value of the gladiator killed in battle.
Entrance to the games was free and were put on by the emperor, which meant he was in attendance at all Coliseum festivities.
Capacity for the Coliseum was 75,000 spectators.
The facility was filled with marble seats, but there are only a select few remaining. The marble was taken from the Coliseum and used in other buildings around the city.
When the Roman Empire fell in the Middle Ages, the countries that were earlier conquered by Rome came back to the city to take what was theres. They stripped many of the famous ancient buildings of marble, gold, and other valuables.
The Roman Forum was the city center for ancient Rome.
We saw the place where Julius Ceasar was burned. The Romans burned their dead instead of burying them, and the place where he was burned is still a monument to Romans to this day.