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    DescriptionThis beautifully written, informative study is a portrait, a history and a superb guide book, capturing fully the seductive beauty and the many layered past of the Eternal City. It covers 3,000 years of history from the city's quasi-mythical origins, through the Etruscan kings, the opulent glory of classical Rome, the decadence and decay of the Middle Ages and the beauty and corruption of the Renaissance, to its time at the heart of Mussolini's fascist Italy. Exploring the city's streets and buildings, peopled with popes, gladiators, emperors, noblemen and peasants, this volume details the turbulent and dramatic history of Rome in all its depravity and grandeur.

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    The Biography of a City
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Christopher Hibbert
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 400
    Width: 188 mm
    Height: 244 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 1,161 g
    ISBN 13: 9780140070781
    ISBN 10: 0140070788

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DST
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD
    Libri: B-085
    B&T General Subject: 800
    B&T Merchandise Category: TVL
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15520
    DC21: 945.632
    BISAC V2.8: HIS020000, TRV025110
    LC classification: DG808.H52
    LC subject heading:
    Libri: B-761
    BIC subject category V2: 1DST
    DC22: 945/.632
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: DG808 .H52 1987
    Thema V1.0: NHD
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1DST
    Edition statement
    Illustrations note
    b&w illustrations, photographs and maps
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Publication date
    12 July 2006
    Publication City/Country
    Review text
    A knowledgeable, entertaining, generously illustrated survey of the history and culture of Rome, more or less from Romulus and Remus to the present, with (inevitably) some large lacunae. Hibbert (Africa Explored, The Great Mutiny) stresses politics and religion, art and architecture. He hangs his narrative on the convenient hooks provided by emperors, popes, and other autocrats, especially the more colorful ones: Nero, Cola di Rienzo, Alexander VI, Julius II, Mussolini. He says a good deal about Bramante, Michelangelo, and Bernini among the artists most closely associated with Rome (though he neglects Poussin and Piranesi). He spotlights many of the famous visitors whose lives were changed by Rome - Luther, Gibbon, Goethe, Henry James - and does a handsome job on the indispensable Great Moments: the assassination of Julius Caesar, the sack of the city by the troops of Charles V, the battle between Garibaldi's Republicans and the French, the liberation by the Allies on June 4, 1944. Unfortunately, that's pretty much where his story ends, so we get very little sense of Rome as it is today. Hibbert shows us the Rome of Petrarch and Mazzini, not the Rome of Moravia and Fellini, of horrendous traffic, notoriously unstable governments, and increasing anomie: in a word, the whole postwar scene. Still, Hibbert wants to focus on la cittaeterna, and in this he succeeds admirably. (Kirkus Reviews)
    Table of contents
    Part 1: myths, monarchs and republicans; imperial Rome; bread and circuses; catacombs and Christians; infamy and anarchy; saints, tyrants and anti-popes; "the refuge of all the nations"; Renaissance and decadence; patrons and parasites; the sack of Rome. Part 2: recovery and reform; Bernini and the Baroque; il settecento; Napoleonic interlude; the Risorgimento and the Roman question; royal Rome; Roma fascista; epilogue - the eternal city. Part 3: notes on topography, buildings and works of art.