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Venice came to life on spongy mudflats at the edge of the habitable world. Protected in a tidal estuary from barbarian invaders and Byzantine overlords, the fishermen, salt gatherers, and traders who settled there crafted an amphibious way of life unlike anything the Roman Empire had ever known. In an astonishing feat of narrative history, James H. S. McGregor recreates this world-turned-upside-down, with its waterways rather than roads, its boats tethered alongside dwellings, and its livelihood harvested from the sea.

McGregor begins with the river currents that poured into the shallow Lagoon, carving channels in its bed and depositing islands of silt. He then describes the imaginative responses of Venetians to the demands and opportunities of this harsh environment--transforming the channels into canals, reclaiming salt marshes for the construction of massive churches, erecting a thriving marketplace and stately palaces along the Grand Canal. Through McGregor's eyes, we witness the flowering of Venice's restless creativity in the elaborate mosaics of St. Mark's soaring basilica, the expressive paintings in smaller neighborhood churches, and the colorful religious festivals--but also in theatrical productions, gambling casinos, and masked revelry, which reveal the city's less pious and orderly face.

McGregor tells his unique history of Venice by drawing on a crumbling, tide-threatened cityscape and a treasure-trove of art that can still be seen in place today. The narrative follows both a chronological and geographical organization, so that readers can trace the city's evolution chapter by chapter and visitors can explore it district by district on foot and by boat.

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Venice came to life on mudflats at the edge of the habitable world. Protected in a tidal estuary from invaders and Byzantine overlords, the fishermen and traders who settled there crafted a way of life unlike anything the Roman Empire had ever known. In an astonishing feat of narrative history, James H. S. McGregor recreates this world, with its waterways rather than roads and its livelihood harvested from the sea. The narrative follows both a chronological and geographical organization, so that readers can trace the city's evolution by chapter and visitors can explore it by district on foot and by boat.

About the Author

James H. S. McGregor is Emeritus Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Georgia.

University of Georgia

Table of Contents

Introduction

1 The Lagoon

2 St. Mark's Basilica

3 Company Town

4 State of Grace

5 Evangelism on the Northern Rim

6 State of Siege

7 Merchants and Mariners

8 The Streets of Venice

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Further Reading

Acknowledgments

Illustration Credits

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674027527
Author:
Mcgregor, James H. S.
Publisher:
Belknap Press
Author:
McGregor, James H. S.
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Italy
Subject:
Europe - Italy
Subject:
History : General
Subject:
World History-Italy
Subject:
TRAVEL / Europe / Italy
Subject:
Architecture-History - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
From the Ground Up
Series Volume:
8
Publication Date:
April 2008
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
110 color illustrations, 25 halftones, 1
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , Venice came to life on mudflats at the edge of the habitable world. Protected in a tidal estuary from invaders and Byzantine overlords, the fishermen and traders who settled there crafted a way of life unlike anything the Roman Empire had ever known. In an astonishing feat of narrative history, James H. S. McGregor recreates this world, with its waterways rather than roads and its livelihood harvested from the sea. The narrative follows both a chronological and geographical organization, so that readers can trace the city's evolution by chapter and visitors can explore it by district on foot and by boat.
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