Rome : a history in seven sackings, from the Gauls to the Nazis / Matthew Kneale.
Publication year: 2018
Publisher: Atlantic Books,
ISBN: 9781786492364 9781786492364 (pbk.) :
Originally published: 2017.
No city on earth has preserved its past as has Rome. Visitors stand on bridges that were crossed by Julius Caesar and Cicero, walk around temples visited by Roman emperors, and step into churches that have hardly changed since popes celebrated mass in them 16 centuries ago. These architectural survivals are all the more remarkable considering the violent disasters that have struck the city. Afflicted by earthquakes, floods, fires and plagues, it has most of all been repeatedly ravaged by roving armies. This book examines the most important of these attacks and reveals, with fascinating insight, how they transformed the city - and not always for the worse.
xii, 417 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white, and colour), maps (black and white) ; 20 cm
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