“Rome was not the world of religion, of abstract sciences, of literature, of fine arts, because in all those fields other people could defeat it; Rome was the world of law. For law, Romans had a historical vocation, deriving from their intellectual genius, from their moral virtue, from their character, from the force and the persistency of will”. These words, pronounced by the Italian Minister of Justice Giuseppe Zanardelli during the foundation laying ceremony of the Palace of Justice (now seat of the Supreme Court of Cassation) in 1889, summarize his ideological program: to make the law one of the cornerstones of unified Italy (1861) with Rome, and especially its glorious and lay legal tradition, as its geographical as well as ideological center. During his long service as Minister of Justice, Zanardelli demonstrated his faith in law as a tool for unifying territories and people realizing two great works: the first Italian Criminal Code and the Palace of Justice
Lesson 1: The politicization of the landscape of Roma Capitale
Lesson 2: The iconography of the Italian Supreme Court
Lesson 3 (Thursday): Visit to the Supreme Court (Corte di Cassazione): meeting at Piazza dei Tribunali, 10:00 am
the visit to the Supreme Court on Thursday December 1st is considered as a lesson. It includes the access to the Aula Massima and constitutes therefore a unique opportunity to explore one of the most important symbols of justice in Italy. You are therefore kindly invitated to participate!
Terry Rossi Kirk, The Politicization of the Landscape of Roma Capitale and the Symbolic Role of the Palazzo di Giustizia, in “Mélanges de l’Ecole française de Rome: Italie et Méditerranée”, 109.1 (2006), pp. 89-114.