Sunday, February 28, 2010

Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae

There remain in the city all of the most carefully
constructed monuments, however small, imitating the Roman
grandeur—some imitating the honored old form, others
in the style of today.

We can agree on the ancient elements
as well as the modern, and now
on the City’s elevated image.

Rome has many monuments buried under its ruins which
this book unearths. The accommodating reader shall therefore
learn to see how much of the old
grandeur the city had.