14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 2 February 2011
I am going on a trip to Rome this year, and my main reason is to see the amazing hystorical remains. I bought this book because it had been recommended in the BBC History magazine, and I was not disappointed. I found it easy to read and understand (I have no formal history education) and very informative. It starts with a history of Rome, and then explains architectural styles. It gives information on opening times etc of the historical sites - which I found useful in planning my itinery.
I am so looking forward to my trip and this book will have enhanced my experience!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This book contains a wealth of information about the archaeological sites of Rome. The breadth of coverage is extraordinary - much more than just the standard tourist sites. I purchased this to follow up after visiting Rome but I really wish I'd had it when I was there. It will tell you much more than the standard tourist guides and even talk about many things which are not identified or spoken of at all in those. Indeed I feel a bit annoyed now that I had not known about some of these things which were once right in front of my face or under my feet whilst I was actually standing there.
The diagrams are not necessarily ideal - black and white line drawings - but they're more than adequate. It's quite a chunky book so far from being something to slip into a pocket, more a rucksack. But these are minor drawbacks. It's an excellent work and a must-have for anyone exploring Rome's ancient ruins.
on 17 July 2014
Here are all the answers to the questions you had while walking round in Rome looking at the remains and monuments. I knew a bit about it already, but this book is a goldmine of information, and it has really taught me a lot. It'll be the first item into my suitcase for my next visit, that's for sure. Highly recommended, both for the novice and the more advanced student. A truly impressive work.
on 4 August 2013
The book came really quickly and was especially pleased with the quality of the book and the information it gave for the city and archaeology. It had a few more pencil marks than I was expecting, but this didn't impede the reading of it in any way. I would buy from this seller again as it was good value for money, speedy service and a good book!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 17 June 2012
Oxford Archaeological Guide to Rome. Already had the much treasured original version and the updated one is even better. You can't visit Rome and its archaeological remains without this book, absolutely essential.