Rome: An Oxford Archaeological Guide

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Oxford University Press, 1998 - Social Science - 464 pages
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Capital and showcase of the Roman Empire and the center of Christian Europe, the city of Rome is the largest archaeological site in the world. Here, Amanda Claridge presents an indispensable guide to all significant monuments in Rome dating from 800 BC to 600 AD. Included are such breathtaking structures as the Capitoline Hill, the Roman Forum, the Colosseum, the Mausoleums of Augustus and Hadrian, the Circus Maximus, and the Catacombs.
Divided into twelve main archaeological areas in central Rome, and four in Greater Rome, this accessible guide provides a detailed overview of the sites, as well as historical reference tables listing archaeological periods, emperors, and principal surviving buildings. The introduction offers an assessment of Roman achievement along with its status as the capital of the Roman Empire, and explains Rome's survival as the world's most complex archaeological site.

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This is a terrific book for those who visit Rome to see the ancient sites. Unlike so many such volumes, it is easy to read; the background sections have been put together in such a way that you are clear on what the prevailing ideas of the time were even though this book is about archaeology. I think I could almost detect that Ms. Claridge is a teacher and has been occasionally charged with holding the attention of a room: such was the readability of the prose. (I read a fair amount of books like this and some are exceedingly dry)
The detailed and comprehensive information about the sites is terrific. It would make an excellent walking guide of Eternal City for the archaeology nut. Some of the sites she mentions reminded me that there is always something to see in Rome even when you've visited many times. Drawings are more like schematics but often very interesting. It made me wish that I had a companion piece that contained more photos. I am anxious to see what the June 2010 update of this fine book will contain since there have been many new things unearthed since I first bought this book.

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User Review  - Sulsted - Tesco

Bought for a trip to Rome plenty of reading to do before we get there! Not read yet but appears to be plenty of material in it. Read full review


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The Roman Forum
The Upper Via Sacra
The Palatine
Imperial Forums
Field of Mars Campus Martus
Capitoline Hill
Colosseum Valley and Esquiline Hill
Caelian Hill and the Via Appia
Some Other Sites
Via Nomentana
Chronological Table
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Circus Flaminius to Circus Maximus

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About the author (1998)

Amanda Claridge was formerly Deputy-Director of the British School at Rome and is currently attached to the Archaeology Department at Oxford University. She has lived and studied in Rome for many years and has developed an intimate knowledge of the archaeological sites in Rome and the surrounding area.

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