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Rome from the Ground Up
by James H.S. McGregor (Goodreads Author)
Rome is not one city but many, each with its own history unfolding from a different center: now the trading port on the Tiber; now the Forum of antiquity; the Palatine of imperial power; the Lateran Church of Christian ascendancy; the Vatican; the Quirinal palace. Beginning with the very shaping of the ground on which Rome first rose, this book conjures all these cities, p ...more
Paperback, 343 pages
Published October 31st 2006 by Belknap Press
(first published October 1st 2005)
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I absolutely loved this book. It’s probably best to read it after a trip to Rome, but I was able to still appreciate the places I didn’t see by searching for them on the Internet so even if you haven’t been, this book can still be enjoyed. The author writes in a way that is as exhausting as travel: there is so much to take in but you want to keep going. It is one of the best books I read this year.
I have never been to Rome, though I will be going there soon (in January - am I crazy?) I do have some knowledge of Roman and Italian history, which made this book somewhat comprehensible to me. However, it is loaded with detail about every ruin, monument and church without giving the poor reader any geographical context. The few pictures are postage stamp sized, and there are almost no maps to give me any idea where these places are. This book may be useful for someone intimately familiar with ...more
When I was ten I borrowed my Dad’s Smith-Corona portable typewriter and started a novel about pirates. I didn’t get very far. A few years later the Smith-Corona went to college then grad school with me. Its completion rate increased, but the work it was called on to turn out—term papers in sociology, political science, Russian history and the like—was less exciting if more meaningful than my first ...moreMore about James H.S. McGregor...