Frommer's Rome by Darwin Porter

By Darwin Porter

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Papal Rome turned toward Europe, where the papacy found a powerful ally in Charlemagne, a king of the barbarian Franks. In 800, he was crowned emperor by Pope Leo III. The capital he established at Aachen (Aix-la-Chapelle in French) laid deep within territory known to the Romans a half millennium ago as the heart of the barbarian world. Though Charlemagne pledged allegiance to the church and looked to Rome and its pope as the final arbiter in most religious and cultural affairs, he launched northwestern Europe on a course toward bitter political opposition to the meddling of the papacy in temporal affairs.

One historic move, which eventually assisted in the unification of Italy, was the assignment of the former republic of Genoa to Sardinia (which at the time was governed by the House of Savoy). By now, political unrest had become a fact of Italian (and Roman) life, at least some of it encouraged by the rapid industrialization of the north and the almost total lack of industrialization in the south. Despite these barriers, in 1861 the Kingdom of Italy was proclaimed, and Victor Emmanuel II of the House of Savoy, king of Sardinia, became head of the new monarchy.

Apollo was the representative of music, the sun, prophecy, healing, the arts, and philosophy. He was the brother of Diana (symbol of chastity and goddess of the hunt, the moon, wild animals, and later, of commerce) and the son of Jupiter (king of the gods and god of lightning), by a lesser female deity named Leto. Cupid was the god of falling in love. 39 2 T H E R O M A N S : F R O M M Y T H TO L A N G UAG E preoccupations. The imbroglios of the city’s power politics during the 1400s and 1500s, and the mores of its ruling aristocracy, were recorded in The Courtier, by Baldassare Castiglione (1478-1529), still read as a source of insight into customs, habits, and ambitions during the Renaissance.

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