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    DescriptionThe Roman poet Statius called the Via Appia "the Queen of Roads," and for nearly a thousand years that description held true, as countless travelers trod its path from the center of Rome to the heel of Italy. Today, the road is all but gone, destroyed by time, neglect, and the incursions of modernity; to travel the Appian Way today is to be a seeker, to walk in the footsteps of ghosts. Our guide to those ghosts - and the layers of history they represent - is Robert A. Kaster. In "The Appian Way", he brings a lifetime of studying Roman literature and history to his adventures along the ancient highway. A footsore Roman soldier pushing the imperial power south; craftsmen and farmers bringing their goods to the towns that lined the road; pious pilgrims headed to Jerusalem, using stage-by-stage directions we can still follow - all come to life once more as Kaster walks (and drives - and suffers car trouble) on what's left of the Appian Way. Other voices help him tell the story: Cicero, Goethe, Hawthorne, Dickens, James, and even Monty Python offer commentary, insight, and curmudgeonly grumbles, their voices blending like the ages of the road to create a telescopic, perhaps kaleidoscopic, view of present and past. To stand on the remnants of the Via Appia today is to stand in the pathway of history. With "The Appian Way", Kaster invites us to close our eyes and walk with him back in time, to the campaigns of Garibaldi, the revolt of Spartacus, and the glory days of Imperial Rome. No traveler will want to miss this fascinating journey.

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    The Appian Way
    Ghost Road, Queen of Roads
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Robert A. Kaster
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 144
    Width: 147 mm
    Height: 218 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 204 g
    ISBN 13: 9780226425719
    ISBN 10: 0226425711

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: TRV
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.5
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DST, 1QDAR
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    BIC subject category V2: WTL
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T General Subject: 800
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ITALY
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 94
    Ingram Subject Code: TR
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    B&T Modifier: Continuations: 02
    BISAC V2.8: TRV010000
    B&T Approval Code: A14202040
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 22
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA1
    BISAC V2.8: TRV009110, HIS002020
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    B&T Approval Code: A19242000
    DC22: 937/.7, 937.7
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 13620
    BISAC V2.8: TRV031000
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAR, 1DST
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: DG29.A6 K37 2012
    BISAC region code:
    DC23: 914.57049312
    Thema V1.0: WGC, NHC, WTL, NHDA
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1DST, 1QBAR
    Illustrations note
    24 halftones, 3 line drawings
    The University of Chicago Press
    Imprint name
    University of Chicago Press
    Publication date
    01 May 2012
    Publication City/Country
    Chicago, IL
    Author Information
    Robert A. Kaster is professor of classics and the Kennedy Foundation Professor of Latin at Princeton University.
    Review quote
    "Layer upon layer, Italy's storied past unfolds in Robert A. Kaster's captivating journey along the venerable Queen of Roads. I cannot imagine a more perfect guide to such a rich trove of ancient and modern memories. Illuminating, erudite, entertaining, and evocative." -Adrienne Mayor, author of The Poison King: The Life and Legend of Mithradates, Rome's Deadliest Enemy"