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The Roman Forum (Wonders of the World)

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One of the most visited sites in Italy, the Roman Forum is also one of the best-known wonders of the Roman world. Though a highpoint on the tourist route around Rome, for many visitors the site can be a baffling disappointment. Several of the monuments turn out to be nineteenth- or twentieth-century reconstructions, while the rubble and the holes made by archaeologists have an unclear relationship to the standing remains, and, to all but the most skilled Romanists, the Forum is an unfortunate mess.

David Watkin sheds completely new light on the Forum, examining the roles of the ancient remains while revealing what exactly the standing structures embody--including the rarely studied medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque churches, as well as the nearby monuments that have important histories of their own. Watkin asks the reader to look through the veneer of archaeology to rediscover the site as it was famous for centuries. This involves offering a remarkable and engaging new vision of a well-visited, if often misunderstood, wonder. It will be enjoyed by readers at home and serve as a guide in the Forum.

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One of the most visited sites in Italy, the Roman Forum is also one of the best-known wonders of the Roman world. David Watkin sheds completely new light on the Forum, examining the roles of the ancient remains while revealing what exactly the standing structures embody--including the rarely studied medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque churches, as well as the nearby monuments that have important histories of their own.

About the Author

David Watkin is Emeritus Professor of the History of Architecture at the University of Cambridge.

University of Cambridge

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674066304
Author:
Watkin, David
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Ancient - Rome
Subject:
World History-Ancient Near East
Subject:
ARCHITECTURE / Buildings / Landmarks & Monuments
Subject:
ARCHITECTURE / History / Ancient & Classical
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Wonders of the World
Series Volume:
44
Publication Date:
20121112
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
25 halftones
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
7 x 4 in

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Architecture » Buildings » Landmarks and Monuments
Arts and Entertainment » Architecture » History » Ancient and Classical
History and Social Science » Western Civilization » Ancient Rome
History and Social Science » World History » Ancient Near East
History and Social Science » World History » Classical
History and Social Science » World History » General

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"Synopsis" by , One of the most visited sites in Italy, the Roman Forum is also one of the best-known wonders of the Roman world. David Watkin sheds completely new light on the Forum, examining the roles of the ancient remains while revealing what exactly the standing structures embody--including the rarely studied medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque churches, as well as the nearby monuments that have important histories of their own.
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