Rhetoric Of Topography: Streets In The Rome Of Sixtus V

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The article that I chose to read is called “Absolutism and the Rhetoric of Topography: Streets in the Rome of Sixtus V” by Charles Burroughs. This article is about Rome under Pope Sixtus V. While Burroughs is also successful at presenting the broad idea of what he wants to portray, yet also uses specific examples and narrows his focus in on these. Burroughs begins this article by stating that “few projects of urban remodeling are as celebrated as that of Pope Sixtus V for Rome” (189). The author presents his thesis in the following sentence, stating, “Sixtus envisaged an ambitious street network to connect the city’s farflung major shrines and encourage settlement in the extensive hilly terrain that…had been largely destitute of population

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