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Shaping and remembering an imperial city, 1870–1911
David Atkinson, Denis Cosgrove, and Anna Notaro

the classical inheritance which was considered a vital ingredient of Italy’s modern national consciousness. In myriad ways, Rome’s reworked landscapes were constantly interwoven with references to the idea of empire, metaphorically and literally. This theme reached a spectacular apotheosis in the most self-consciously referential symbol of the Liberal state – its national monument, dedicated on 4 June 1911 to the memory of the first king of a united Italy, Vittorio Emanuele II ( Figure 6 ). While public and national

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