'No Lasting City' and the Eternity of Rome (Hebrews 13.14)

The author's claim in Heb. 13.14 that 'here we have no lasting city' is often taken as a generalizing statement (no particular city is in view); sometimes, it is seen as polemical reference to Jerusalem. This paper argues that the remark should perhaps rather be read as a counter-claim to imperial propaganda relating to the eternity of Rome. This interpretation would fit with the likely Roman destination of the letter.