Rome: An Urban Barometer

The population of Rome provides an excellent measure for the Southern European region’s overall health and stability. Although the term “Dark Ages” has fallen out of favor, during the Medieval era it appeared that the Eternal City might be headed towards extinction. I find it incredible that, during the glory days of the Empire, Rome’s population was fully 50% of the 21st century’s city.

Paris-Another Measure

Paris from Roman Empire through the Revolution of 1789

The story of Paris is one of steady evolution from a fortified town and garrison outpost for the Legions to a full-fledged urban center in the High Middle Ages.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s