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A dazzling city rose up from the marches, adorned with glorious churches and beautiful palazzi, built on the lucrative proceeds of prolific trading with the east. While it stands today as a glorious vision of the past, the spark for Venice's growth came from its willingness to sell future generations into captivity.1

Traveled to Venice last week, and this passage came to mind. Also experienced a small flooding of the main square, water seeping out of stones, which felt like an eerie portent of the future.


Peter Frankopan, The Silk Roads: A New History of the World, London and New York: Bloomsbury, 2016. Quoted from