Fire in the Borgo (detail)

From While Rome Burned: Fire, Leadership, and Urban Disaster in the Roman Cultural Imagination by Virginia M. Closs

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  • Fig. 2. Detail of figure 1 showing water bearers and distressed mothers with children. In the background note Pope Leo IV (r. 847–855) in the Benediction Loggia of the Constantinian basilica of St. Peter’s, making the sign of the cross to extinguish the fire. (Image courtesy of Art Resource, New York.)