Cities Without Borders
By This Big City
It is said that when Romulus and Remus began the process of founding the ancient city of Rome, they first delineated the pomerium, the sacred boundary of the city. Using a heavy plow, they would press down lines in the tall grass to designate this boundary. Where there was to be a road entering the city, they carried—‘portare’, in Latin—the plow to create a space along the boundary. Thus, the word ‘portal’, meaning a door, gate, or entrance, was born into our lexicon. The portal and the boundary have since maintained this symbiotic relationship.
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