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Subterranean Rome: Catacombs, Baths, Temples, Streets (Art & Architecture) Hardcover – 1 Apr 2000


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  • Hardcover: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Konemann UK Ltd (April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3829021208
  • ISBN-13: 978-3829021203
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 21.4 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 293,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Lown on 11 Nov 2011
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In my opinion, one of the most exciting aspects of a walk through the streets of central Rome (and I speak as someone who has lived here for more than a decade) is to know that, lying just a few meters under your feet, are the remains of another city, one which, for centuries, ruled much of the western world, that of ancient Rome.
This sumptuously illustrated book is an informative and very readable introduction to that city, one which is mostly hidden from view, but which embraces everything from temples to toilets.
My only real cavil is the tantalizing absence of any practical information (opening hours, exact location, etc) about the sites the author writes so well about.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Intriguing and amazing information and photos. 28 Feb 2004
By Phoenix Kiernan - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is very interesting as far as the information about certain subterranean areas within Rome. The only problem I saw right off was that there is unfortunetly a great deal of repetition in the photos--as if there wasn't enough to photograph of ancient Rome. The author includes, in my opinion, too many pictures of paintings and art on the walls and not enough pictures of the area itself.
All in all, I sincerely recommend this book if you are very interested in Catacombs and other parts of ancient Rome.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A+ IN ENGINEERING! 21 Mar 2006
By Olga Loinfeisk - Published on Amazon.com
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The engineering of these people was amazing. It's awesome how these subterranean structures and buildings can hold the weight of the city above. Reminds me also of Istanbul, which if you are interested in this book, you should check out subterranean Istanbul as well. The pictures in this book are of very good quality and nice and big and colorful. This book is also very explanatory and gives a detailed accounting of the history that happened in each room. I would recommend this title to anyone interested in ancient architecture or even a general history of pagan Rome.
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