What can ruins tell us, and what should we do with them?
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The Parthenon has echoed through history, but what part of that history do we prize, and which do we ignore?
Views of Rome have long fired human imagination, eliciting reactions that lead to contemplation and argue for conservation
A tomb, a prison, the site of a miracle, papal apartments — this building has as many layers as Rome itself.
Ruins function as political and private symbols even in the modern era
The forgotten abattoir
Conservation as memorial in the aftermath of US bombing
What did Brunelleschi, Donatello, and Masaccio take from ancient ruins of Rome?
How do we find meaning in amidst the ruins of the Roman Forum?
The total or partial destruction of churches by fire was a fairly common occurrence in medieval Europe.
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)