The landscapes of ruins, that are today a destination for cultural mass tourism, are a relatively recent invention which, in the Mediterranean area, begins to take shape around the middle of the 18th century. Since then, a systematic separation of ancient ruins from their secular reuses and their context, has been proposed by archaeologists and architects who, in developing their disciplines and their new practices, have thus invented archaeological landscapes: a practice that can be observed in various places, forms and projects during the Nineteenth and Twentieth centuries, until today. At the memory of Charalambos Bouras, one of the most passionate promoters of the restoration of the Acropolis of Athens, we dedicate a brief account of how the central archaeological area of Rome was progressively invented in the last two centuries.
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