The eternal city : a history of Rome / Ferdinand Addis.
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|Moorhead Public Library||945.63 ADD (Text)||33500012817680||New||Checked out||01/03/2019|
- ISBN: 9781681775425
- ISBN: 1681775425
- Physical Description: 632 pages, 24 unnumbered pages : illustrations (chiefly color), map, portraits ; 24 cm
- Edition: First Pegasus Books hardcover edition.
- Publisher: New York : Pegasus Books, 2018.
- Copyright: ©2018
|General Note:|| First published in London under the same title by Head of Zeus.
|Bibliography, etc. Note:|| Includes bibliographical references (pages 593-605) and index.
|Formatted Contents Note:|| The wolf children -- Barbarians -- The little Carthaginian -- Concord -- The ides of March -- The art of love -- The emperor's show -- Gladiators -- A god dances -- Conquer by this! -- Under siege -- The clan -- Rome-seekers -- The laureate -- My debt to nature -- The vault of heaven -- Judgement -- The impresario -- The mine of contemplation -- Blood of Italy -- The ghetto -- The parade.
|Summary, etc.:|| "Why does Rome continue to exert a hold on our imagination? How did the "Caput mundi" come to play such a critical role in the development of Western civilization? Ferdinand Addis addresses these questions by tracing the history of the "Eternal City" told through the dramatic key moments in its history: from the mythic founding of Rome in 753 BC, via such landmarks as the murder of Caesar in 44 BC, the coronation of Charlemagne in AD 800 and the reinvention of the imperial ideal, the painting of the Sistine chapel, the trial of Galileo, Mussolini's March on Rome of 1922, the release of Fellini's La Dolce Vita in 1960, and the Occupy riots of 2011. City of the Seven Hills, spiritual home of Catholic Christianity, city of the artistic imagination, enduring symbol of our common European heritage--Rome has inspired, charmed, and tempted empire-builders, dreamers, writers, and travelers across the twenty-seven centuries of its existence. Ferdinand Addis tells this rich story in a grand narrative style for a new generation of readers."--Dust jacket.
- Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2018 October #2
The adage that says, in advancing the virtue of patience, "Rome wasn't built in a day," speaks to the longevity of the Italian capital. Rome's long, dramatic history extends from the city's founding in the early mists of time to the post-WWII Italian film industry, or, as English historian Addis, with a background, too, in film and journalism, has it: "from the myth of Romulus to the fantastical world of Fellini's cinema." In this suitably lengthy history, emperor succeeds emperor, pope succeeds pope, and Rome lives on, sometimes in glory, sometimes in near-ruination. Addis is immensely skilled at smoothly and revealingly integrating portraits of noteworthy figures of all kinds into the much larger picture, while identifying the varying, evolving, world-influencing attributes that contributed to Rome's ability to maintain its global consequence and role in the imagination of generations. The author's methodical yet swiftly flowing presentation yields an excellent and valuable one-volume treatment of the many-faceted tale of the Eternal City, a widely appealing achievement that deserves a place in all public libraries. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.
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