Jessica Maier is associate professor of art history at Mount Holyoke College. She is the author of Rome Measured and Imagined: Early Modern Maps of the Eternal City, also published by University of Chicago Press.
No other city has maintained the story of its past in its present quite like Rome, creating an intentional palimpsest through incessant acts of preservation, reconstruction, and cartographic visualization. Maier's lively, imaginatively organized, and accessible book displays how centuries of maps not only tell stories about the city's physical development but also show how Rome's narratives of itself--conflating eras, resituating buildings, compressing waterways--unfurled in self-mapping from antiquity to the Metro. -- Evelyn Lincoln, Brown University The history of Rome comes to life in this erudite, beautifully written book. Organized chronologically from Rome's early beginnings to the present, this richly detailed history of Rome is focused through the lens of maps and cartographic images. Maier has written a fascinating account for both armchair and actual travelers. The Eternal City also has much to offer to seasoned scholars who will appreciate its coherent and fluid synthesis. -- Pamela O. Long, author of Engineering the Eternal City The Eternal City offers the reader a vivid panorama of Rome's changing form and image over the course of more than two millennia. A rich selection of city plans and views reveals crucial shifts in representational strategies, function, and symbolic intent. The dynamic tension between Rome's complex, three-dimensional urban reality and the city's image as projected by successive generations of artists and cartographers is certain to engage a wide audience. -- John Pinto, emeritus, Princeton University