Decadent Classicism. Gabriele D’Annunzio and Ancient Rome ASH Colloquia, Clare Hall College, Cambrigde, 20.1.2009. Marja Härmänmaa, University of Helsinki, Finland. Gabriele D’Annunzio. 1863 (Pescara) – 1938 (Gardone Riviera) Important as a writer Novels, poems, short stories, plays
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Gabriele D’Annunzio and Ancient Rome
ASH Colloquia, Clare Hall College, Cambrigde, 20.1.2009
Marja Härmänmaa, University of Helsinki, Finland
“Rome was his great love: not the Rome of the Caesars, but the Rome of the Popes; not the Rome of the Arches, of the thermal baths, of the Forum, but the Rome of the Villas, of the Fountains, of the Churches. He would have given all the Coliseum for Villa Medici, the Campo Vaccino for the Piazza di Spagna, the Arch of Tito for the Fountain of the Turtles.” 
“Ah, for too long a time he excavates the hard and grey ground! He is fascinated by the sepulchres and has forgotten the beauty of the sky. I must take him out of the evil spell… “