The Eternal City: A History of Rome in Maps

Cover Art for 9780226591452, The Eternal City: A History of Rome in Maps by Jessica Maier
ISBN: 9780226591452
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Published: 15 September, 2020
Format: Hardback
Language: English

One of the most visited places in the world, Rome attracts millions of tourists each year to walk its storied streets and see famous sites like the Colosseum, St. Peterlsquo;s Basilica, and the Trevi Fountain. Yet this ancient cityisquo;s allure is due as much to its rich, unbroken history as to its extraordinary array of landmarks. Countless incarnations and eras merge in the Roman cityscape. With a history spanning nearly three millennia, no other place can quite match the resilience and reinventions of the aptly nicknamed Eternal City. In this unique and visually engaging book, Jessica Maier considers Rome through the eyes of mapmakers and artists who have managed to capture something of its essence over the centuries. Viewing the city as not one but ten dquo;Romes,ddquo; she explores how the varying maps and art reflect each eraasquo;s key themes. Ranging from modest to magnificent, the images comprise singular aesthetic monuments like paintings and grand prints as well as more popular and practical items like mass-produced tourist plans, archaeological surveys, and digitizations. The most iconic and important images of the city appear alongside relatively obscure, unassuming items that have just as much to teach us about Romeosquo;s past. Through 140 full-color images and thoughtful overviews of each era, Maier provides an accessible, comprehensive look at Romensquo;s many overlapping layers of history in this landmark volume. The first English-language book to tell Romeasquo;s rich story through its maps, The Eternal City beautifully captures the past, present, and future of one of the most famous and enduring places on the planet.

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