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Nero on Fountains by Daphne Lasky
June 18, 2010, 1:22 pm
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Jie picked up a copy of Nero at the American Academy last week, and we’re just now getting around to looking through it. One excerpt addresses the public fountains throughout the city:

An English friend of ours says that Rome is the best city to live in if you’re a bum. One of the reasons could be that it’s full of fountains, and above all drinking fountains, continuously flowing with fresh spring water. Which allow you, for example, to shave and freshen up after sleeping under a pine tree in one of the city’s marvelous parks. Finding yourself in front of the crystalline stream, you feel like you’re in Arcadia, the pile of garbage facing you no less than a Greek temple. (p. 27, Nero, No. 23)

We’ve noticed that while the Campo de Fiori’s buried electrical infrastructure is all but ignored, its lowly drinking fountains are huge attractors. People use them for drinking water, to wash fruits and vegetables, to freshen up wilting flowers, and even to mix concrete for nearby construction projects.

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[…] and were certainly does not attract large numbers of people (unlike Rome…see earlier posts: A little water? & Nero on fountains).  As seen below, one is not used at all while the larger centerpiece has […]

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