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The Eternal City

The Eternal City

A History of Rome

Book - 2018
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"Why does Rome continue to exert a hold on our imagination? How did the "Caput mundi" come to play such a critical role in the development of Western civilization? Ferdinand Addis addresses these questions by tracing the history of the "Eternal City" told through the dramatic key moments in its history: from the mythic founding of Rome in 753 BC, via such landmarks as the murder of Caesar in 44 BC, the coronation of Charlemagne in AD 800 and the reinvention of the imperial ideal, the painting of the Sistine chapel, the trial of Galileo, Mussolini's March on Rome of 1922, the release of Fellini's La Dolce Vita in 1960, and the Occupy riots of 2011. City of the Seven Hills, spiritual home of Catholic Christianity, city of the artistic imagination, enduring symbol of our common European heritage--Rome has inspired, charmed, and tempted empire-builders, dreamers, writers, and travelers across the twenty-seven centuries of its existence. Ferdinand Addis tells this rich story in a grand narrative style for a new generation of readers."--Dust jacket.
Publisher: New York ;, London :, Pegasus Books,, 2018.
Edition: First Pegasus Books hardcover edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781681775425
Branch Call Number: 945.63 AD
Characteristics: 632 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), maps, portraits ; 24 cm


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Jan 26, 2019

Not your typical history. Instead, the author offers commentary on a succession of cultural anecdotes about Rome and the Roman republic/empire/etc. Even if you've read any or many of the conventional histories of Rome, you'll almost certainly find new information and insights.


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