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Looking at the city

Bertrand Lançon and Antonia Nevill

in Rome in Late Antiquity

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print September 2000 | ISBN: 9780748612390
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651009 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748612390.003.0002
Looking at the city

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This chapter argues that the most disparaged monument in contemporary Rome is the one which best reflects its ancient reality: the Monument of Victor Emmanuel II, the white bulk of which has loomed at the foot of the Capitol since the achievement of unity in Italy. It was partly for those reasons that Lawrence Alma-Tadema's paintings were so disparaged in the twentieth century. Where people expected poetic ruins, he attempted to show the marbles unchanged, exactly as Romans in antiquity would have seen them. It was in Constantine's reign that the last great building works were finished, with the erection or completion of baths and a basilica. This era represents the last state of the pagan city, before its gradual but radical transformation by the construction of Christian buildings.

Keywords: monument; Rome; Victor Emmanuel II; Italy; Lawrence Alma-Tadema; paintings; Constantine; baths; basilica; pagan city

Chapter.  5607 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical History

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