Roman Seattle


“It’s easy to see, as you walk around the top of Capitol Hill, the remnants of the ancient Roman city. The capital-less columns on the side of the hill are only the most obvious reminder; now they overlook the freeway, but once from that spot you could have looked west toward the colony’s busy port…”

John D. Berry wrote this fictional, yet tantalizingly believable tale in the late 1980s, and posted it on telephone poles on Capitol Hill. I don’t recall if I ever saw it then, though I was living there at the time and did see a lot of interesting and artistic flyers around the neighborhood.

Of course, the closing lines about “the plunder of ancient Seattle” and a city feeding off its past while diminishing the record of what was have a certain resonance these days, with Seattle landmarks disappearing right and left.

(Via Making Light.)

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