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Whispering City: Rome and Its Histories
In Civilization and Its Discontents, Sigmund Freud claimed that Rome must be comprehended as "not a human dwelling place but a mental entity," in which the palaces of the Caesars still stand alongside modern apartment buildings in layers of brick, mortar, and memory. "The observer would need merely to shift the focus of his eyes, perhaps, or change his position, in order t...more
Hardcover, 358 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by Yale University Press
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Definitely for "Roma-amanti" rather than of general interest, but an interesting read. And ideas relevant to other histories. I've heard it said that history is written by the victors, but I never thought before about how it's rewritten, reinterpreted, and reimagined by successive victors (and wanna-bes).
Richard J. B. Bosworth is an Australian historian and author, and a leading expert on Fascist Italy.More about R.J.B. Bosworth...