Thank you, Córdoba! – Diario Córdoba

Thank you, Córdoba! – Diario Córdoba
Thank you, Córdoba! – Diario Córdoba

Just a few days ago the presentation of my book Roman Córdoba took place in the Liceo Hall of the Real Círculo de la Amistad. The hidden city, which I have published with the Almuzara publishing house and the sponsorship of the Sánchez Ramade family; an absolutely unique and very, very emotional night, which I will always carry in my heart. This book was born from my conversations with Dr. F. López Segura, who spent years trying to convince me that Córdoba needed it and that I should be the one to write it. From there, the entry into the fray of Manuel Pimentel Siles, director of the Almuzara Group, and immediately after Eugenio Sánchez Ramade, paved the way for a wonderful project to which three people joined, without whose help it would have been impossible to turn it into a material reality. which until that moment did not go beyond the category of dream. I’m talking about Antonio Cuesta – an artist if there ever was one – and Alfonso Orti – solvent and rigorous like few others – in editing, and Rafael Carmona in photography. On the other hand, even if I signed it alone, this work would not have been possible without the tireless work of an enormous group of researchers who during the last forty years have illuminated the knowledge that we treasure today about Córdoba; of the collaboration of hotels, companies, various institutions and also individuals, who opened their doors to us to document the remains they house; from the support of a long list of archaeologists who generously provided me with photos and plans of their respective excavations; of the invaluable support of national and foreign museums, especially the Archaeological and Ethnological Museum of Córdoba, which through its curator Manuel Aguayo was an essential piece when it came to completing the graphic documentation of the book; and, of course, from all of Cordoba society, including the media, which have welcomed the volume with unprecedented affection, respect and expectation, to which I now want to reciprocate.

What I experienced the other night during the book presentation was something so big, and at the same time so transcendent, that it is difficult to give any idea of ​​its enormity. That Thursday, Córdoba’s cultural agenda was packed and still more than 400 people attended, not counting the many who did not manage to enter due to lack of capacity, to whom I apologize and hope to compensate in the future. But, in addition, an unprecedented fact became evident: Córdoba wants, needs and deserves to know about its origins, and more specifically about its Roman past, so elusive, not only because the Roman city is at the base of archaeological stratigraphy and has been the object of plunder for twenty centuries, but for the destruction that has dramatically and irreversibly damaged it in recent years. Therefore, if this book contributes in some way to institutions assuming their mistakes, reorienting their policies and reflecting on what citizens demand of them, perhaps together we will be able to recover Roman Córdoba as the common legacy and reason for pride that in reality it represents, and make of it not only a cultural banner and identity motif, but also an economic and heritage resource, urgently incorporating it into the historical discourse.

In the meantime, thank you, infinite thanks to all the people who accompanied me on the night of the presentation or who, unfortunately, were left out; to those who have followed me for decades and to those who send me their support and encouragement every day. They will be my driving force to continue in the gap as long as my strength lasts.

*Professor of Archeology at the UCO

 
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