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.

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