Lexicon

Ruin[s] | Francesco Sebregondi

In modern languages, the singular ruin conserves a meaning very close to its Latin origin – ruina, -æ: “fall”, “collapse”. To designate the material traces of that event, the indefinite plural ruins is still preferred. This nuance too we inherited from Latin which, in coining the two-sided term, foresaw the stakes at its core and laid down the ground for a timeless problem: ruins can never be grasped as a single entity; made of uncountable links to pasts and futures, their hazy contours always refer to a plurality of potentials.