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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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