This is a book with chapters on the founding of rome, it didn't just happen , it was a long process and we get lots of charts and graphs that show the archeological points of rome's founding to show what the digging has found. And I was surprised to find that the city was a series of villages going back at least 3,300 years ago. This is the kind of book where the archeologist explains digs and other faucets of what they found in rome. It's not a fast history read it's a bood that a non archeologist can enjoy but don't expect a story here. This is about archeology and what they can surmise about rome's founding. Without Rome the world today would not exist so it's interesting to see where it all began.