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Benjamin walked down from the Capitoline Hill towards the Circus Flaminius in order to reach the other Jews on the banks of the Tiber River at the Tiberina Island. They, who had been Roman Jews for more than a century, would welcome the Jewish slaves brought to Rome because of the victory of Titus. The Rabbi of the Scola Catalana was witnessing the demolition of the Ghetto, where he was born, and the rapid changes occurring in that part of the city, until the construction of the new Synagogue and of the new Umbertine buildings. His great grandson, Gabriele, is now gazing at the restoration works that are being carried out. His eyes are lost in the ancient masonry and the monuments that are being unearthed. They are from the more than three centuries of confinement and they rest on ancient structures, those which two thousand years ago surrounded the Circus Flaminius.What you can see, what you can think and how you can follow the path of memory between reason and fantasy.The Roman Ghetto was established by papal edict in 1555, Jews were locked in its walls at night and forced to live under strict restrictions. The ghetto was abolished some 300 years later, when the walls of the ghetto were finally demolished in 1888. (Italian and English facing text)

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It is a little known fact that, of all the major cities in Europe, Rome is the only one that never expelled the Jews, who have lived there continuously for more than two thousand years. Fiorentino, an engineer, urban planner and Roman Jew, introduces the armchair traveler to the site of the Roman ghetto. With exquisite photographs of the places as they are today, he takes the area from the days of the Caesars to the present. Since the ghetto was not established until 1555, the early chapters describe the non-Jewish buildings uncovered during excavations. The majority of the book concentrates on the early modern period of the ghetto from its beginning to the emancipation of the nineteenth century. The decimation of the Jewish community came only with German occupation and it has since revived. Fiorentino tells his story in Italian with the passion of a proud native, occasionally merging past and present, however, the facing English translation is stilted and contains errors. That, added to the lack of a bibliography and index, are disappointing to the reader interested in the history of the Jews of Rome. Distributed in the US by international Publishers Marketing. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)


An imagined exploration of life in the Roman ghetto by a noted historian and expert on Italian Jewish life

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Gangemi Editore
Travel : Europe - General
Fiorentino, Luca
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Arts and Entertainment » Architecture » General
History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Archaeology » General
History and Social Science » Archaeology » Italy and Rome
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