Reviving Antiquity

Ronald G. Musto

in Apocalypse in Rome

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2003 | ISBN: 9780520233966
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928725 | DOI:
Reviving Antiquity

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For his anonymous Roman biographer, Cola di Rienzo's first, and greatest, claim to fame and to the enduring memory of his fellow citizens was precisely his ability to answer questions in fresh and new ways: to decipher the long-lost meaning of the ruins of Rome that lay all about them and to make the ancient Romans come alive again. For the story of Rome's revival and reform is actually the history of Rome in the Middle Ages. Rome's political history during the Middle Ages was one long evocation of past imperial glory. The symbol of Rome's birth, it was called the mater Romanorum in the Middle Ages and was the very image of the earthly origins of the city. The embassy reached Avignon in late 1342 or January 1343, and there, on the banks of the Rhone River, Cola di Rienzo emerged fully into history for the first time.

Keywords: Cola di Rienzo; Rome; Middle Ages; ancient Romans; revival; reform; political history

Chapter.  5845 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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