Ancient Rome and Modern Pittsburgh | Theory Of Irony

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Proud Rome rose mightily from its humble origins. The so-called “Eternal City,” once a sad and swampy little clump of huts, had been founded according to tradition way back around 753 BC. It was established, depending upon whom you believe, by either the Greeks, the Trojans, the Etruscans or by two sociopathic orphan boys – named Romulus and Remus – and a wolf (please don’t ask). Whatever the true origin, this hamlet by all accounts grew over time into a powerful City-State and then it evolved into a sprawling Empire. So by the third century AD, mother Rome had given birth to a large brood of colonial, garrison towns speckled across Europe, places looking much like its own former self. Of course, the Empire eventually fell and these garrison towns – like abandoned children in a way – matured into Cities with familiar names like London, Paris and Bonn. And they themselves became capitals of great colonial Empires like France, Britain and Germany.

Nearly two millennia went by when a couple of these Roman orphans – Britain playing Romulus to France’s Remus – came to blows. It seems Britain had colonized places on the American coast, like Philadelphia, and an affronted France had settled further inland at sites…

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7 thoughts on “Ancient Rome and Modern Pittsburgh | Theory Of Irony

  1. I get the historical irony of course. The world turns, countries rise and fall, the circle of ‘civilisation’ continues, things return to where they started. I was distracted by the photo of the Colosseum though. This remains in my memory as the building that didn’t let me down. I had always wanted to go and see it, and I thought that it would be wonderful to behold.
    And it was.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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