February 28, 2014

London: A New Rome?

Richard Ferguson, Standpoint

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I am a citizen of Rome. This cultural identity transcended ethnicity, geography and politics by the time Roman power was at its peak. Modern London's own ethnic badge states confidently, "I am a Londoner". The city's ambition has all the hallmarks of a ship in full sail on an ocean of provincialism. Governed — appropriately — by a classicist, London views itself as nothing less than the New Rome to which all roads lead. In truth, London is enjoying little more than a late-Soviet bloom and is becoming a relic.

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