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Posted December 13, 2005
For the adventurer who loves the history of ancient Rome and admires the architectural and engineering feats of that great civilization, this rather small but informational tightly packed book will come as a welcome insight. Author John Heseltine with photographer Colin Ford have studied the historic major roads to Rome, photographed the places through which they passed and recreate history with the comments on the placements of the sites and the reasons we postulate the Romans chose them. Among the most famous of these antique but extant roads here discussed are the Via Appia, Via Cassia, Via Flamina, and Via Aurelia, each named after an emperor and each leading into Rome through a different atmosphere and out to a different destination. The manner in which these roads connected Rome with the known world is discussed with authority, but the interesting facet is the way Heseltine shows the current environs where these roads exist. This is living history, beautifully captured in Ford's photographs. Filled with both black and white and toned photographs this book is a journey through history that is fascinating in content and illuminating in style! A definite must for those who love Italy and things Italian. Recommended. Grady HarpWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.