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Different story of the Forum,
This review is from: The Roman Forum (Wonders of the World) (Paperback)
Prof Watkin's story is one of the most fascinating pictures of the Roman Forum throughout many centuries of its history. I wouldn't agree with previous comments stressing inappropriate author's opinion regarding archaeological side of the Forum. Talking from historical point of view I immensely appreciated that Prof Watkin successfully fulfilled his attempt to reveal and discuss how many 'historical' structures or their parts in fact are not historically Roman but reconstructed in 19 or even earlier centuries. A colorful excursus on Piranesi's engravings of the Forum and numerous pictures of this Italian master put me back into romantic times when this sacred center of the Roman world was lying underneath tones of ruins and muddle.
However, the biggest advantage which you can take from this account is not it's critical tone (which makes reading live and disputable) but a very important and novel stress on the Forum's continuity during Middle Ages and Renaissance when the former heart of the Roman state turned into the sacred place of the Christian world adorned with its marvelous churches and popes' processions.
This book enriches the Roman Forum and tells the story of its continuation up to now.