Rome: A History in Seven Sackings (Paperback)Matthew Kneale (author)
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English Passengers author Matthew Kneale is an expert guide through Roman history, aiming to prove that threat has been the city’s lifeblood. A fascinating tapestry of travelogue and cultural history.
Waterstones Non-Fiction Book of the Month for October 2018
A sweeping history of the city of Rome, seen through the eyes of its most significant sackings, from the Gauls to the Nazis and everything in between.
No city on earth has preserved its past as Rome has. Visitors can cross bridges that were crossed by Cicero and Julius Caesar, explore temples visited by Roman emperors, and step into churches that have hardly changed since popes celebrated mass in them sixteen centuries ago.
These architectural survivals are all the more remarkable considering the many disasters that have struck the city. Rome has been afflicted by earthquakes, floods, fires and plagues, but most of all it has been repeatedly ravaged by roving armies. From the Gauls to the Nazis, Matthew Kneale tells the stories behind the seven most important of these attacks and reveals, with fascinating insight, how they transformed the city - and not always for the worse.
Using this entirely new approach to Rome's past he unveils how it became the city it is today.
Described as 'gripping and ingenious' by the Times, Rome: A History in Seven Sackings is a meticulously researched, magical blend of travelogue, social and cultural history and a celebration of the fierce courage, panache and vitality of the Roman people.
Most of all, it is a passionate love letter to this incomparable city.
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 415 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 31 mm
'Gripping and ingenious... Kneale's account is a masterpiece of pacing and suspense. Characters from the city's history spring to life in his hands.' - The Sunday Times
'A stirring portrait of a city at war... brings Rome's fractious past to life. ' - The Observer
'Utterly compelling, brilliant... Wonderfully moving and inspiring' - The Literary Review
'Fascinating... A delight' - The Times
'Ingenious and wholly enjoyable history of the city.' - The Daily Telegraph
'A sumptuously produced volume' - Shots Magazine