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A must for anyone travelling to the Eternal City,
This review is from: Rome: The Biography of a City (Paperback)
Hibbert's history of Rome, from Romulus to Mussolini, is an excellent introduction to the events that have shaped this incredible city.
This is not a history of the Roman Republic, Empire, Papacy, Renaissance or Risorgimento. Instead the focus remains fixed on the city of Rome itself: its buildings, reputation and inhabitants. Its streets and piazzas have witnessed so many of the crucial moments in these states and movements but Hibbert's work ventures away from the city walls only for a full introduction to events within.
The history adds an additional element to any visit to Rome, not only providing a history of the major landmarks but also helping the visitor imagine the city in lost eras. The only major improvement needed is a better map (or collection of maps) as the current one makes following the action frustratingly difficult.
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Initial post: 6 Oct 2011 17:43:11 BDT
One really odd feature of the book though: illustrations are numbered, but there is no list of their sources, which is just a little frustrating.
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