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Destruction, Memory, and Monuments: The Many Lives of the Parthenon
Destruction, Memory, and Monuments: The Many Lives of the Parthenon

The Parthenon has echoed through history, but what part of that history do we prize, and which do we ignore?

Views of past and present: the Forum Romanum and archaeological context
Views of past and present: the Forum Romanum and archaeological context

Views of Rome have long fired human imagination, eliciting reactions that lead to contemplation and argue for conservation

Rome’s layered history — the Castel Sant’Angelo
Rome’s layered history — the Castel Sant’Angelo

A tomb, a prison, the site of a miracle, papal apartments — this building has as many layers as Rome itself.

The Roman Forum: Part 3, Ruins in modern imagination
The Roman Forum: Part 3, Ruins in modern imagination

Ruins function as political and private symbols even in the modern era

Ruin as abattoir, the Colosseum
Ruin as abattoir, the Colosseum

The forgotten abattoir

Reconstructing a masterpiece — Mantegna’s St. James Led to his Execution
Reconstructing a masterpiece — Mantegna’s St. James Led to his Execution

Conservation as memorial in the aftermath of US bombing

The Roman Forum: Part 2, Ruins in modern imagination (The Renaissance and after)
The Roman Forum: Part 2, Ruins in modern imagination (The Renaissance and after)

What did Brunelleschi, Donatello, and Masaccio take from ancient ruins of Rome?

The Roman Forum: Part 1, Ruins in modern imagination
The Roman Forum: Part 1, Ruins in modern imagination

How do we find meaning in amidst the ruins of the Roman Forum?

Before the fire: Notre Dame, Paris
Before the fire: Notre Dame, Paris

The total or partial destruction of churches by fire was a fairly common occurrence in medieval Europe.

Looted and revered: The Rosetta Stone
Looted and revered: The Rosetta Stone

A conversation with Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker in front of the Rosetta Stone, Egypt, Ptolemaic Period, 196 B.C.E., granodiorite, 112.3 x 28.4 x 75.7 cm (The British Museum)