A toujours une vie
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Excerpt from Italian Cities, Vol. 1
To find the vanished centuries that wrought this transformation one must ride northeast for seven hours more to the Adriatic marshes. Fourteen hundred years ago, when Italy ﬂamed behind the horsemen of Alaric, the Emperor Honorius ﬂed to the strongest city in the land, Ravenna, and with his corrupt and motley court went one noble fugitive, the genius of the Arts, who illustrates for all time the name of her asylum.
In those days Ravenna was still a port; but the sea, which made her greatness, has by receding de stroyed her political importance, thus leaving her to hold the more surely, in her slow decay, the buildings of a time which she alone among cities fully repte sents, a time when pictorial Christian art had just emerged from her prenatal condition of the cata combs into the light of imperial favor, and the archi tecture of the Roman was beginning to be that of the Christian. Thus Ravenna became the splendid reliquary which preserved the dry bones of antique art to be quickened by the breath of the Renaissance. A unique link in the chain, she is the anomaly of Italian towns, a city of antitheses; of pure water in the midst of poisonous marshes, of impregnable refuge among treacherous morasses.
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bound: 404 pages
publisher: Forgotten Books (May 20, 2017)
isbn: 1330121643, 978-1330121641,
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