Rome, the Idea and the Myth: From the Middle Ages to the Present
Never before has Rome been discussed in the context of the place it has held in our imagination throughout the course of time. Once the capital of an Empire, the universal center for a religious institution and the modern capital of Italy, for over two millennia Rome has been the embodiment of man’s many visions, and a symbol for those who ruled it. All of its leaders, from Roman emperors to Charles V, from the popes to Mussolini, have attributed to its urban planning and architecture a role that surpassed the manifestation of power or temporal glory. In this richly illustrated work, the authors shed new light on the story of the mythical city. Illustrations.
Andrea Giardina : Andrea Giardina is a professor of Roman history at the University of Sapienza in Rome.