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1. Myth of Rome and the history of ideas

The fascination with artificial ruins that began in the 16th century and culminated in the 18th was preceded by a history of aesthetic interest in ruins that goes back to the high Middle Ages. In a poem of Hildebert of Lavardin on ancient Rome from the early 12th century, we find a Latin motto that was frequently quoted in the first centuries of the early modern period: “Roma quanta f…

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Schweizer, Stefan, “Ruin”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 29 May 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_026846>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210601

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