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Revolution in Expansion In Florence and also in the surrounding cities the Renaissance was a time of awakening and rebirth A time of examining the present and looking towards a future that would turn out to seem entirely different from the past but at the same time hold striking similarities How was this possible The transformations in Florence began with new attitudes and new priorities in the minds of her citizens At the beginning of the period that we call the Renaissance many cities may have seemed very much alike Most had similar economic structures architecture and trades But some cities in Italy especially Florence were different The towns often had Roman origins and to a degree survived the social disorder of the barbarian invasions of the earlier middle ages Not only was physical infrastructure often in place but also the glue which gave order to civic arrangements in form of the hardy survival of Roman law Each town had its myth of origin which not surprisingly usually featured a picture of a Roman in the case of Florence usually Julius Caesar of the emperor Augustus 12 Florence had a very strong history that had obvious influence on daily life Therefore even while Renaissance ideas and art began to take over the foundations of the city were never lost or forgotten Rather the old was incorporated into the new Florence was steeped in her Roman origins and her Christianity both playing to full effect when dressed in the rhetoric of cultural supremacy 20 Florentines were proud of their roots and their contemporary culture and they demonstrated this in sometimes chaotic ways We also know that religion was what made the city turn Florentines lives were focused around Christianity Religion saturated Florentine life to an extent that few questioned 32 This attitude of revolutionizing their culture while at the same time maintaining long-held beliefs also comes into play here So in Floerence the remains of Zenobius
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