Rome

Rome

A History in Seven Sackings

Book - 2018 | First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition May 2018.
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"[This book] tells the story of the Eternal City--from the early Roman Republic through the Renaissance and the Reformation to Mussolini and the German occupation in World War Two--through pivotal moments that defined its history"--Amazon.com.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2018.
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition May 2018.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781501191091
1501191098
Branch Call Number: 945.632 KNEAL
Characteristics: xii, 417 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 24 cm

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seaforth1
Aug 21, 2018

I LIKE THE TIMES WRITE-UP. I JUST SAW THIS BOOK IN A BOOKSTORE WINDOW. LOOKING FOREWARD TO A GOOD READ ON ROME.... CIAO... BOB, VANCOUVER.

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GummiGirl
Aug 07, 2018

An interesting approach to covering a very long time period. It's especially good with aspects of the city that would affect ordinary Romans: water supplies, hygiene, food, and housing. It could stand some more detailed maps; the illustrations that are 19th century depictions of much earlier events don't add much value.

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Logovore
Jul 24, 2018

Seven vignettes of times when The Eternal City was attacked, invaded and sacked from the Classical Era to World War II. It's an interesting read, with the chapters essentially organized to introduce the period, outline changes to the city since the previous sacking and then discuss the aftermath both immediate and long-term. The earlier periods are more cursory, but that's a function of a paucity of sources. I'm not certain that I agree with everything the author says, but he does support his position with endnotes and identifies his sources: though it's not written in high academic.

SkokieStaff_Steven Jun 06, 2018

There’s nothing like a good sacking to get the history lover’s attention. Matthew Kneale recognizes this truism in his “Rome: A History in Seven Sackings.” While the book provides all the murderous mayhem and wanton destruction of property one would expect in a book organized around sackings, it’s far from a mere catalog of atrocities. Indeed, we learn that Alaric’s Visigoths, for example, did their sacking with a surprisingly gentle hand. Kneale combines history from above—all the machinations of emperors, popes, generals, barbarian chieftains, and marauding armies a reader would want—with history from below as he relates the lives and circumstances of ordinary Romans from ancient times to the Nazi occupation. I love books that give a sense of the layeredness of history as different cultures succeed each other on the same patches of earth, and this sense of passing time over many ages comes across very well in this appealingly written and attractively designed book.

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