The Discovery of Piranesi's Final Project
Stephen Lauf

18 September 324
Constantine defeats Licinius at Chrysopolis and in turn becomes sole ruler of the Roman Empire.

18 September 1760
Birth of Jean-Nicolas-Louis Durand.

18 September 1778

Ancient Cinerary vase of large marble, which can be seen in the Museum of the Author. So much so that its pedestal is adorned with very elegant sculptures and carvings. In the middle of the bas-relief, the celestial music is represented, indicated by the globe on foot, and by the lyre, which he holds in his hand; two damsels do it honor, one kneeling and the other standing, offering him the libation. The two side masks are symbols of the same. The Lion then oppressing the ox, signifies the weakness of human life landed by the force of death.

18 September 1938
Death of Horace Trumbauer.

18 September 1998

18 September 2001
Ambrose and Theodosius questions
In reading the life of St. Ambrose (feast day 7 December) in Butler's Lives Of The Saints, two incidents between Ambrose and Theodosius struck me as important, and raised some questions in my mind.
"At Kallinikum, in Mesopotamia, certain Christians pulled down the Jewish synagogue. Theodosius when informed of the affair ordered the bishop (who was alleged to be directly implicated) to rebuild the synagogue. St. Ambrose was appealed to, and he wrote a letter to Theodosius in which he based his protest, not on the uncertainty of the actual circumstances, but on the excessive statement that no Christian bishop could in any conditions pay for the erection of a building used for false worship."
Question: is this episode one of the first (if not perhaps the first) reported example of Christian anti-Semitic terrorism?
"In the year 390 news of a dreadful massacre committed at Thessalonica was brought to Milan. Butheric, the governor, had a charioteer put in prison for having seduced a servant in his family, and refused to release him when his appearance in the circus was demanded by the public. The people were so enraged that some officers were stoned to death and Butheric himself was slain. Theodosius ordered reprisals of unbelievable savagery. While the people assembled in the circus, soldiers surrounded it and rushed in on them. The slaughter continued for hours and seven thousand were massacred, without distinguishing age or sex or the innocent from the guilty. The world was aghast and all eyes were turned on Ambrose, who took counsel with his fellow bishops. Then he wrote Theodosius a noble letter, exhorting him to penance..."
Question: does anyone know of a recent study/analysis of this episode?

18 September 2002
Re: what is an architectural idea?
Perhaps the real question is "What idea is an architecture?"

18 September 2009
Your Ideal City mash up....
"...Piranesi's truly unique urban paradigm -- a city "reenacting" itself through all its physical, sociopolitical, and even metaphysical layers -- may well become the most real urban paradigm of the next millennium."
"Here a Versailles, there a Versailles, everywhere a Versailles, sigh."
"Pilgrimage, Reenactment and Tourism"

Ichnographia Quondam

18 September 2009
Your Ideal City mash up....
Neuschwanstein + Las Vegas + Atlantic City + an Indian Reservation + Monte Carlo + Dubai + Angkor Wat + Pompeii = "My kind of town."

18 September 2013
"What idea is an architecture?" I think that's the title of the novel I'm working on.

18 September 2015
Architecture of Decadence
Read this morning:
"Science has discovered that readers of romance novels produce endorphins in their brains. Endorphins are chemically similar to morphine, an extremely addictive drug. Astonishing as it sounds, the romance reader, in fact, becomes physically addicted to romances.
A dope pusher may get hundreds of people addicted. A fiction writer can get them addicted by the millions. The storyteller's magic is truly immense."   --JNFrey
Reminded of:
I just finished writing a novel where 20% of the world's population employs an architect--after cell phones, i-pads, etc., architects have become the must-have life accessory--most consult their architects on a daily basis. Then, of course, the competition among architects is fierce, thus the book is like The Gong Show meets Fantasy Island.   --20130218

18 September 2016

a story about appositions

18 September 2018
Death of Robert Venturi.

18 September 2020

Mary Boone's 180 hours of community service   hours 161 162

Mary Boone's 180 hours of community service   hours 163

Mary Boone's 180 hours of community service   hours 164 165 166

18 September 2022

Ichnographia Campus Martius Tab. VI

Ichnographia Campus Martius Tab. VII

Ichnographia Campus Martius Tab. VIII

Finally remembered to look up the feast day of St. John the Baptist. Piranesi's birthday is coming up on 4 October, but, I believe, in Piranesi's time one's name day was celebrated, or at least commemorated, more than one's birthday. "Each year on June 24 the Catholic Church honors the birth of John by reflecting on his unique role as the precursor of Jesus. The solemnity held on that date praises John as a worthy example of what it means to be a follower of Christ. A solemnity is the most significant feast the Church can establish." Nothing here was published 24 June 2022, but notes were written that day.

It was after reading these notes that I figured out how Piranesi henceforth continued working on Ancient Circuses.

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