Historical Moment

In Europe during the 17th and 18th centuries, an important part of a wealthy young man’s education was a trip to Italy, called “the Grand Tour.” It was believed that seeing historic sites from classical antiquity, especially in the city of Rome, would have a positive influence on his taste and his morals. Classical ruins were the subject of admiration, but were also a reminder that the Roman Empire had fallen, in spite of its former greatness.

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