Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Rome in Late AntiquityEveryday Life and Urban Change, AD 312-609$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Bertrand Lancon

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780748612390

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748612390.001.0001

Show Summary Details

Looking at the city

Looking at the city

(p.3) Chapter 1 Looking at the city
Rome in Late Antiquity

Bertrand Lançon

Antonia Nevill

Edinburgh University Press

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

Edinburgh Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.