Sunday, June 20, 2010

"the interesting story of conquering armies parading architectural models of the forts they’ve destroyed through the streets of their own home city"

BB:

These triumphant returning soldiers would sometimes “carry models of forts captured by the victorious army,” she explains. “Enthusiastic accounts of the procession held these models to be so accurate that the places were ‘easily recognizable’ to the participants in the various battles.” It was about “the success of display no less than the display of success,”