Tagged: Rome

Martin Luther in Rome: Piazza Martin Lutero in the Eternal centre

A great leap towards reconciliation is made under the pontificate of Pope Francis: among Emperors, Popes, Roman nobles, and great saints, stands a small but central Piazza Martin Lutero: the German theologian of the Reformation is present now among them. He has the “right to exist” on the map. The Catholic Church is, finally, saying: “I hear what you say”, and gives him the right place to be present in her centre.

Pouvoir, autorité et centre: “What is authority” de Hannah Arendt

“Cum potestas in populo auctoritas in senatu sit” “Le pouvoir réside dans le peuple mais l’autorité siège au Sénat” (Cicero) Arendt, H. 1968. Between Past and Future: Eight Exercises in Political Thought. Penguin Books. Qu’est-ce que l’autorité? Dans...

Hereford Map, Jerusalem again as centre and the Translatio Imperii

We said that the “centre of the world” is a notion which always stems from social construction, from human perception and not from a physical reality. In this regard we do know, today, that Jerusalem is not a physical centre of our Planet; unless we followed the idea that all points of the Planet are its centre: so Jerusalem would be one out of an infinity.

Mapping Roman legions: how “limits” tell about the centre

Centrality can tell about itself right from the centre ‘where power dwells,’ even if its narrative is usually charged with ideology: discourse analysis of the centre can be useful when done in critical préjugés-free ways.

But how periphery, borders, frontiers, “outsiders”, “outskirts”, limits, limitates can tell about the centre and about power dwelling in this centre? How can they tell its development, apogee, decadence, decline and even collapse? We can see the example of the Roman Empire.

La “Centralité éternelle” de la Ville Eternelle

Cet ouvrage passionnant, de Géraldine Djament-Tran, étudie les métamorphoses que la Centralité romaine a subies pendant l’histoire: de la capitale de l’Empire à la capitale de la Chrétienté, puis à la capitale qui abrite deux centralités à deux échelles différentes: l’une de  l’Etat italien et l’autre du Saint-Siège.