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Rome: Day One

3.24 of 5 stars 3.24  ·  rating details  ·  25 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Andrea Carandini's archaeological discoveries and controversial theories about ancient Rome have made international headlines over the past few decades. In this book, he presents his most important findings and ideas, including the argument that there really was a Romulus--a first king of Rome--who founded the city in the mid-eighth century BC, making it the world's first ...more
Hardcover, 172 pages
Published July 25th 2011 by Princeton University Press (first published June 1st 2007)
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Aug 20, 2013 Terence rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Students of VERY early Roman history
Recommended to Terence by: LRB Advert
In Rome: Day One, Andrea Carandini is exercised about two things. The first is arguing for the superiority of the “Western syndrome” over the “Eastern syndrome.” The former is rooted in ancient Greece and Rome and is “a particular way of organizing life, a sacral-juridical-political-governmental model according to which the different governing bodies of the community…manage to live together by mitigating centralized power within a unique form of organization” (p. 117). The “Eastern syndrome” is ...more
Emily Rebmann
In this book, Carandini sets forth some fairly controversial theories about the "first day" of the Roman city and its subsequent evolution under its first ruler. Though Carandini draws upon many resources, including his own archaeology in the heart of Rome, much of the book's main argument seems to be based off the author's belief in the foundation myth of Rome: namely that Romulus ritually "began" life in Rome on April 21, ca 750 BCE.

Carandini's arguments might be more compelling if he present
Bill Tucker
5 stars? I suppose that's not a shock to anyone who knows me. Not knowing much more about archeology than the average man on the street made much of this seem somewhat new to me. I've been fascinated in both the history and the myth behind Rome's foundation for decades, and this offered a different perspective for me.
Having just reviewed "The Great Sea: A Human History of the Mediterranean," which is an 816-page opus, it is quite a change to review this small (in size), 184-page book. Although it is quite slim, "Rome: Day One" is a fascinating book that postulates that recent archeological evidence proves that Rome was indeed founded around its mythological founding date of 753 BCE as a true city by a king-priest, very likely Romulus. This completely overturns current thought that Rome was only a few huts in ...more
Apr 10, 2012 Alex rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Well-educated ancient history buffs
Shelves: history
This is not a book for casual history readers. I am relatively well educated in many topics but this book is written to the reader who is already well-versed in early Roman archeology/culture/history. Usually I can get through something tough with a little extra time and some research but this was just a little too specific a read. Attempt this book if the topic is your area, I am sure it offers rich insights to someone better versed in the area. What I did pick up was very interesting as it del ...more
Margaret Sankey
One of Rome's senior archeologists examines the very early layers of settlement to reconstruct the history surrounding the development of the city--from the ceremony on the 21st of April that set the borders of the Palatine Wall, the human sacrifices placed in the foundations, the first sanctuary of Vesta, the house of a Rex-augur and living areas of the probable population. With a very useful section of selections from the relevant ancient sources and many maps and building layouts.
Vicki Cline
This book features the recent archeological findings in Rome by the author. Plenty of maps and figures, but I had a hard time following the narrative. I'm planning to reread it in the near future and hope to get a better grasp of his findings. The last section of the book was composed of several portions of ancient writings (Plutarch, Livy, Ovid, others) regarding the founding of Rome and these were very interesting.
I was hoping this would be more centered on proving the existence of Romulus, but it seemed to be more about Carandini's typical archeological finds. It was still interesting, though.
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