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The hills of Rome : signature of an eternal city

Author: Caroline Vout
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Explores the cliche of 'the city of seven hills' and how, since antiquity, it has shaped experience of the city.

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Caroline Vout
ISBN: 9781107025974 1107025974
OCLC Number: 782128096
Description: xvii, 284 pages, 16 pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Contents: Introduction: the journey to Rome --
The map --
The itinerary --
The destination --
The lie of the land --
The seven hills of Rome, republic and empire --
After the high Roman fashion --
The renaissance of the seven hills --
Nineteenth and twentieth-century encounters --
Seven is the magic number --
An invention of tradition --
The potency and possibility of the number seven --
Varro's contribution to the story --
Before the mountains were settled --
Rome, la città eterna --
The seven hills and the ambitions of empire --
Dizzy heights under the Flavians --
The rise and fall of Rome in late antiquity --
Postscript --
Painting by numbers --
The limits of representation --
The seven hills of renaissance artists and patrons --
Nineteenth-century ways of seeing --
On top of the world --
Villas and gardens --
In the thick of it --
Getting the measure of the whole of Rome --
Framing a view from the Capitoline or Palatine --
The imperial gaze --
Divine omniscience --
Signing off --
The history of an idea --
Geography as history.
Responsibility: Caroline Vout.

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'For tracing the history of a seemingly over-familiar idea Caroline Vout's book sets a new and high standard.' The Times Literary Supplement

 
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