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Ferdinand Addis
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Rome: Eternal City

Ferdinand Addis


9781781851883

Head of Zeus


History;
European history


Hardback

648 pages

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A portrait of the city at the heart of Western civilization, brought to life in twenty-two scenes from its 2,500-year history. A thrilling portrait of the city at the heart of Western civilization, brought to life in twenty-two scenes from its 2,500-year history.

Why does Rome continue to exert a hold on the world's imagination? Ferdinand Addis brings the myth of Rome alive by concentrating on vivid episodes from its long and unimaginably rich history. Each of his beautifully composed chapters is an evocative, self-contained narrative, whether it is the murder of Caesar; the near-destruction of the city by the Gauls in 387 BC; the construction of the Colosseum and the fate of the gladiators; Bernini's creation of the Baroque masterpiece that is St Peter's Basilica; the brutal crushing of republican dreams in 1849; the sinister degeneration of Mussolini's first state, or the magical, corrupt Rome of Fellini's La Dolce Vita .

This is an epic, kaleidoscopic history of a city indelibly associated with republicanism and dictatorship, Christian orthodoxy and its rivals, high art and low life in all its forms.

By:   Ferdinand Addis
Imprint:   Head of Zeus
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
ISBN:   9781781851883
ISBN 10:   1781851883
Pages:   648
Publication Date:   November 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Ferdinand Addis read classics at Oxford, before embarking on a career as a journalist and author. His book Opening Pandora's Box is about the etymology of Greek and Roman words. He lives in London.


'A confident, elegant account of the city's progress ... [Addis's] version is admirably ambitious and succeeds splendidly in a task that would daunt lesser authors' Daily Mail. 'He brings the myth of Rome alive by concentrating on vivid episodes from its rich history. This is a book about people, and their experiences, prejudices and beliefs' Oxford Times. 'Telling the entire story of a city in a concise, meaningful way is always a challenge, but particularly when that city is somewhere as steeped in history as Rome. Ferdinand Addis solves this problem by adopting the in-vogue trend of using episodic vignettes ... There's plenty here to enjoy' History Revealed. 'Histories comprising a series of vignettes are in vogue, and here the format is applied to the city of Rome. From its ancient foundation to the Second World War, via Gauls, ghettos and gladiators, its 22 chapters focus on the themes of individuals, myths and beliefs' BBC World Histories. 'Addis is not lacking in chutzpah ... This is an energetic attempt to bring Rome's history alive through grand narrative; the florid flights and snappy paragraphs are underpinned by serious reading ... Addis's chosen formula is to serve up selected highlights, mostly the expected ones [...] but to come at them from quirky angles ... Thanks to his enthusiasm, Addis succeeds in keeping his reader afloat' Guardian. 'Superb ... Rome's history is written in blood and Addis, who has a vivid, pacey writing style, spares not the squeamish as he describes three millennia of violence from the first kings to Il Duce' The Times.

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