Rome (Italian and Latin: Roma) is the capital city of Italy and of the Lazio region. According to legend, the city of Rome was founded by the twins Romulus and Remus on April 21, 753 BC. Archaeological evidence supports claims that Rome was inhabited since the 8th century BC and earlier. It was already a famous city in the ancient as the capital of the Republic of Rome and later as of the Roman Empire. Rome is also identified with Christianity and the Catholic Church and has been the episcopal seat of the Popes since the 1st century AD. The State of the Vatican City, the sovereign territory of the Holy See and smallest nation in the world, is an enclave of Rome.
It has been nicknamed Caput mundi ("capital of the world"), la Città Eterna ("the Eternal City"), Limen Apostolorum ("threshold of the Apostles"), la città dei sette colli ("the city of the seven hills") or simply l'Urbe ("the City").
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- A thousand roads lead men forever to Rome.
- Alaine de Lille in Liber Parabolarum (1175).
- Sit Romana potens Itala virtute propago
- If you are at Rome, live after the Roman fashion.
- St. Ambrose, attributed in The Quote Verifier by Ralph Keyes.
- I found Rome a city of bricks and left it a city of marble.
- When they are at Rome, they do there as they see done.
- Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy (1621), III. 4. 2.
- O Rome! my country! city of the soul!
- When falls the Coliseum, Rome shall fall;
And when Rome falls—the World.
- The traveler who has contemplated the ruins of ancient Rome may conceive some imperfect idea of the sentiments which they must have inspired when they reared their heads in the splendor of unsullied beauty.
- Yes, I have finally arrived to this Capital of the World! I now see all the dreams of my youth coming to life... Only in Rome is it possible to understand Rome.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in Italian Journey (1816).
- O Rome! My country! City of the soul!
- George Gordon, Lord Byron in Childe Harold's Pilgrimage (1812).
- Rome, old lady of the world, in the name of our glorious dead who gave their life to make wonderful days possible, we salute you!
- Benito Mussolini, a phrase said after marching on Rome in 1922.
- I had rather be a dog, and bay the moon,
Than such a Roman.
- New Rome will be destroyed by the attacks of new vandals.
- Dejan Stojanovic in Circling, ”New Vandals,” Sequence: “A Warden with No Keys” (1993)
- The story of Romulus and Remus being suckled by a wolf is not a meaningless fable. The founders of every State which has risen to eminence have drawn their nourishment and vigor from a similar wild source. It was because the children of the Empire were not suckled by the wolf that they were conquered and displaced by the children of the Northern forests who were.
- From the dome of St. Peter's one can see every notable object in Rome... He can see a panorama that is varied, extensive, beautiful to the eye, and more illustrious in history than any other in Europe.
- Mark Twain in The Innocents Abroad (1869).
- Rome wasn't all built in a day.
- Li Proverbe au Vilain (ca. 1190).
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 677.
- Si fueris Romæ, Romano vivito more;
Si fueris alibi, vivito sicut ibi.
- When I am at Rome I fast as the Romans do; when I am at Milan I do not fast. So likewise you, whatever church you come to, observe the custom of the place, if you would neither give offence to others, nor take offence from them.
- Another version of St. Ambrose's advice.
- When I am at Rome, I fast on a Saturday: when I am at Milan I do not. Do the same. Follow the custom of the church where you are.
- St. Augustine gives this as the advice of St. Ambrose to him. See Epistle to Januarius, II. 18. Also Epistle 36.
- Now conquering Rome doth conquered Rome inter,
And she the vanquished is, and vanquisher.
To show us where she stood there rests alone
Tiber; and that too hastens to be gone.
Learn, hence what fortune can. Towns glide away;
And rivers, which are still in motion, stay.
- Joachim du Bellay, Antiquitez de Rome (third stanza of this poem taken from Janus Vitalis). Translation by William Browne, from a Latin version of the same by Janus Vitalis, In Urbem Romam Qualis est hodie. See Gordon Goodwin's ed. of Poems of William Browne. Translation also by Spenser, in Complaints.
- Every one soon or late comes round by Rome.
- Robert Browning, Ring and the Book, V, 296.
- You cheer my heart, who build as if Rome would be eternal.
- Cuando á Roma fueres, haz como vieres.
- Quod tantis Romana manus contexuit annis
Proditor unus iners angusto tempore vertit.
- What Roman power slowly built, an unarmed traitor instantly overthrew.
- Claudianus, In Rufinum, II. 52.
- Veuve d'un peuple-roi, mais reine encore du monde.
- [Rome] Widow of a King-people, but still queen of the world.
- Gabriel Gilbert, Papal Rome.
- Rome, Rome, thou art no more
As thou hast been!
On thy seven hills of yore
Thou sat'st a queen.
- Felicia Hemans, Roman Girl's Song.
- Omitte mirari beatæ
Fumum et opes strepitumque Romæ.
- Cease to admire the smoke, wealth, and noise of prosperous Rome.
- Horace, Carmina, III. 29. 11.
- In tears I tossed my coin from Trevi's edge.
A coin unsordid as a bond of love—
And, with the instinct of the homing dove,
I gave to Rome my rendezvous and pledge.
And when imperious Death
Has quenched my flame of breath,
Oh, let me join the faithful shades that throng that fount above.
- Robert Underwood Johnson, Italian Rhapsody.
- Tous chemins vont à Rome; ainsi nos concurrents
Crurent, pouvoir choisir des sentiers différents.
- All road's lead to Rome, but our antagonists think we should choose different paths.
- Jean de La Fontaine, Le Juge Arbitre, Fable XII.
- Rome was not built in a day.
- See the wild Waste of all-devouring years!
How Rome her own sad Sepulchre appears,
With nodding arches, broken temples spread!
The very Tombs now vanish'd like their dead!
- Alexander Pope, Moral Essays, Epistle to Addison.
- I am in Rome! Oft as the morning ray
Visits these eyes, waking at once I cry,
Whence this excess of joy? What has befallen me?
And from within a thrilling voice replies,
Thou art in Rome! A thousand busy thoughts
Rush on my mind, a thousand images;
And I spring up as girt to run a race!
- Samuel Rogers, Rome.
- Utinam populus Romanus unam cervicem haberet!
- Would that the Roman people had but one neck!
- Suetonius. Life of Caligula ascribes it to Caligula. Seneca and Dion Cassius credit it to the same. Ascribed to Nero by others.
- It is my sixth time in the Eternal City, but I'm deeply touched again. Being touched while coming to Rome is usual in sensitive people, so I'm almost ashamed of my writings.
- Henri Beyle, alias Stendhal
- The light that reveals Rome's monuments is not that to which we are accustomed; it produces numerous optical effect plus a certain atmosphere, all impossible to put into words. The light strikes Rome in ways that I've never seen.
- Henri Beyle, alias Stendhal
- In the world Rome is probably the place where most in beauty has been accumulated and subsists in span of twenty centuries. It has created nothing, only a spirit of greatness and order of beautiful things; but the most magnificent monuments on the earth have extended and were fixed in it with such energy to leave the most numerous and indelible tracks in it, more than in anywhere else on the globe.
- Rome makes fall in love with itself very slowly but forever.
- Rome is beautiful, so beautiful, I swear, all the other things seem nothing in front of it.
- The Roman evening either keeps still or it sings. No one can behold it without growing dizzy, and time has filled it with eternity.
- Rome so craved, in yourself you hold me, in yourself I'm, and you feel in myself! I expand or thin through streets and squares of the quarter where I live, near the river...
- Rome is like a book of fables, on every page you meet up with a prodigy. And at the same time we live in dream and reality.
- I wouldn't leave Rome to go to Heaven
- Joie Davidow
- For me, Rome is the old center, with her narrow streets, in warm colours, orange,red and even gold. Here is Rome like a house. The alleys are passages, and in three minutes you are in the most beatiful squares of the City, Piazza della Rotonda with the monument, the Pantheon, and the Piazza Navona. These are my reading rooms, my refreshment rooms, my salons where I meet my guests.
- Rosita Steenbeek She is a Dutch writer. (this text is literally translated).
- If Europe needs a Capital, when it is finally united. It should be Rome. Here was the creation of Europe, here you can feel Europe, and even feels live.
- For someone who has never seen Rome, it is hard to believe how beautiful life can be!
- Italian proverb
- Methinks I will not die quite happy without having seen something of that Rome of which I have read so much.
- Sir Walter Scott