Rome from the Ground Up

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Author: James Harvey McGregor

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674019119

Category: History

Page: 344

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In this multifaceted historical portrait of Rome, the practical world of each period is explored to reveal the complex urban forms and shifting realities of the many cities that constitute Rome.

Rome Eternal

The City as Fatherland

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Author: Guy Lanoue

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351550608

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 272

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What does 'Roman' mean? How does the mythical city touch people's identities, values and attitudes? In the long-established and official imaginary of the West, Rome is the citta dell'arte, the city of faith, an heirloom city inspired by the traces of ancient Empire, by the brooding aura of the Church, by Hollywood fairy-tale romance, and by the spicy tang of veiled decadence. But what of its contemporary residents? Are they now merely guides and waiters servicing throngs of tourists indifferent to the city's contemporary charms? Guy Lanoue, a former resident of Rome, explores how Romans live the modern myth of Rome Eternal. Since the 19th century, it has defined an important community, the fatherland, a home-spun society where the rules of everyday life become 'tradition': ways of eating, dressing, making and keeping friends and acquaintances, 'proper' ways of speaking and a hard to define but nonetheless tangible air of composure. Guy Lanoue is a Professor of Anthropology at the Universite de Montreal.

Washington from the Ground Up

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Author: James H. S. McGregor

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674026049

Category: Architecture

Page: 325

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At the confluence of the Potomac and Anacostia rivers, President Washington chose a diamond-shaped site for the city that would bear his name, along with the burdens and blessings of democracy. Situated midway between North and South, the capital was also a gateway to the West--a contested wilderness where rough frontiersmen were already carving a divided nation. With Indians on their borders and black slaves in their midst, the country's white founders struggled to embody, in bricks and stone, the paradoxical republic they had invented. Inspired by Greek and Roman models, city planners and designers scoured the Western world--from Hadrian's Pantheon to Palladio's Vicenza to the French Royal Academy--for an architectural language to capture the elusive principles of liberty, equality, and union. Washington from the Ground Up tells the story of a nation whose Enlightenment ideals were tested in the fires of rebellion, removal, and resistance. It is also a tale of two cities: official Washington, whose stately neoclassical buildings expressed the government's power and global reach; and DC, whose minority communities, especially African Americans, lived in the shadows of poverty. Moving chronologically and geographically throughout the District, James McGregor reads this complex history from monuments and museums, libraries and churches, squares and neighborhoods that can still be seen today. His lucid narrative, accompanied by detailed maps and copious illustrations, doubles as a visitor's guide to this uniquely American city.

Women Writers of Ancient Greece and Rome

An Anthology

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Author: Ian Michael Plant

Publisher: Equinox Publishing Ltd.

ISBN: 9781904768029

Category: Greek literature

Page: 268

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'Women Writers of Ancient Greece and Rome' is an anthology of the surviving literary texts of women writers from the Greco-Roman world, offering new translations of the work of over 50 women. Each author is introduced with a critical review of what we know about the writer, her work, its significance and a discussion of the texts which follow.

Guide to the Aqueducts of Ancient Rome

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Author: Peter J. Aicher

Publisher: Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers

ISBN: 9780865162716

Category: Architecture

Page: 183

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Aicher has crafted an ideal introduction and a valuable field companion for navigating the Roman aqueducts. Features new maps, schematic drawings, photographs, and reprints of Ashby's line drawings.

Ancient Rome

An Anthology of Sources

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Author: R. Scott Smith

Publisher: Hackett Publishing

ISBN: 1624661165

Category: History

Page: 600

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"Terrific . . . exactly the sort of collection we have long needed: one offering a wide range of texts, both literary and documentary, and that--with the inclusion of Sulpicia and Perpetua--allows students to hear the voices of actual women from the ancient world. The translations themselves are fluid; the inclusion of long extracts allows students to sink their teeth into material in ways not possible with traditional source books. The anonymous texts, inscriptions, and other non-literary material topically arranged in the 'Documentary' section will enable students to see how the documentary evidence supplements or undermines the views advanced in the literary texts. This is a book that should be of great use to anyone teaching a survey of the history of Ancient Rome or a Roman Civilization course. I look forward to teaching with this book which is, I think, the best source book I have seen for the way we teach these days." --David Potter, University of Michigan

The Protestant Burial-ground in Rome

A Historical Sketch. (With Unpublished Documents Regarding the Graves of Keats and Shelley)

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Author: Harry Nelson Gay,Sir James Rennell Rodd

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Rome

Page: 40

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The Aurelian Wall and the Refashioning of Imperial Rome, AD 271–855

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Author: Hendrik W. Dey

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139500384

Category: Social Science

Page: N.A

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This book explores the relationship between the city of Rome and the Aurelian Wall during the six centuries following its construction in the 270s AD, a period when the city changed and contracted almost beyond recognition, as it evolved from imperial capital into the spiritual center of Western Christendom. The Wall became the single most prominent feature in the urban landscape, a dominating presence which came bodily to incarnate the political, legal, administrative, and religious boundaries of urbs Roma, even as it reshaped both the physical contours of the city as a whole and the mental geographies of 'Rome' that prevailed at home and throughout the known world. With the passage of time, the circuit took on a life of its own as the embodiment of Rome's past greatness, a cultural and architectural legacy that dwarfed the quotidian realities of the post-imperial city as much as it shaped them.