Allan Massie

Beauty in Ruins

The Roman Forum

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If you stand in early morning or evening on either the Capitol or the Palatine and look down on the Roman Forum, it may still appear a romantic place where, as Byron wrote: 

in yon field below,

A thousand years of silenced factions sleep – 

The Forum, where the immortal accents glow,

And still the eloquent air breathes – burns with Cicero!

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