Italian Art Class 2017
The oxford dictionary defines eternal as: 1. Lasting forever, 2. unchanging, and 3. used to emphasize expressions of admiration. "Eternal City," a city that lives forever, an unchanging city, a city of admiration and dedication? There is no better city to be called the Eternal City than Rome, Italy. Rome is a city that has lasted for centuries. The city is one that is still very classical and old in regards to the architecture. It is also a city that is dedicated to the Roman Catholic Church. Many cities try to take the name of the eternal city, but none can surpass Rome.
Rome has existed for centuries with the myth of how the city was founded of Romulus and Remus. The city was founded in 753 B.C. by these two brothers. The story of Romulus and Remus is one the Romans hold dear. You can read about their story here below.
The founding of Rome created a central hub of misfits at first. People who did not fit in well, or people who were initiative thinkers. With this in mind, I think this created a wonderful foundation for a powerhouse of a city to erupt. Having a group of people who think differently than the norm would create wonderful new out of the box ideas, which would take the entire world to the next level of thinking. With this foundation, Rome has ran with any wonderfully different idea. However, the culture has also created an environment for high expectations as well. Doing what might seem to be the impossible, and making it probable has happened many of times within this culture. This city is one that has always clung to the idea that you can learn from other cultures, or the past of their own. With this idea, the city of Rome is one that is rapidly unchanging. Rome use to be a empire that was known for aspiring new things. However, these new things were only new because someone excessively studied the people before them to make sure that this new thing would be different, yet better. You can see this evidenced all the time in Rome. Walking down the streets, there are many different domes that you will see, and so many arches. This is because the city is one that is constantly trying to improve, but holds tight to its history and heritage.
Last but not least, this is a city that is dedicated to Christ Jesus. Rome is the place where the Vatican City is also located. This is the city where the Bishop of Rome, the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church resides. Beyond that, there is a church on every street corner it seems. The churches are beautiful, and taken very good care of. Beyond the churches, a lot of the artwork that exists today are Christian works, and this is most likely due to the fact that the churches have preserved the artwork. However, the art that is the most taken care of seems to be the Christian works. With that being said, these works have been of some importance to the Roman people.
Rome is the eternal city for a myriad of reasons. Rome has been in existence since 753 B.C. The city is one that holds on to its heritage, and learns from it. It is also one that relies on God. With this being said, the Romans have been critical thinkers, had high expectations, and have been very adaptable. Those attributes are why Rome has been so resilient, and can be called the eternal city.