From Whispering City

It is clear that…wherever visitors turn in Rome, they will find heritage, myth and memory, histories without end, piled higgledy-piggledy on top of each other. In this city, every vista is kaleidoscopic. No doubt, on occasion, historical meaning, historical ‘truth’, the facts about one sector or other of the city can be established, but always and only by stopping the machine, as it were. So long and complex has the human habitation of this city been, so ‘eternal’ is it, that everything that matters here is in movement, prompting not an answer, a cheap conclusion, but prolonged and vivacious, life-giving, debate…this whirlpool of histories…

– R.J.B. Bosworth. Whispering City: Rome and its Histories. Yale, 2011.

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