Rome: A Cultural History

Rome: A Cultural History

by Jonathan Boardman
     
 

Rome, the "Eternal City," has provided endless inspiration for religious thinkers, poets, artists, and philosophers. As the first urban space to boast over a million inhabitants, its ancient glories endure, reflecting the Roman Empire's power and prestige. A religious village set among the ruins of a dead civilization in the Middle Ages, Rome rose from the ashes to…  See more details below

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Rome, the "Eternal City," has provided endless inspiration for religious thinkers, poets, artists, and philosophers. As the first urban space to boast over a million inhabitants, its ancient glories endure, reflecting the Roman Empire's power and prestige. A religious village set among the ruins of a dead civilization in the Middle Ages, Rome rose from the ashes to become the arbiter of Renaissance taste and thought. A second population and political explosion during the twentieth century has placed new strains upon the city's infrastructure and identity. In the last decade, the capital has witnessed the decline of a discredited political establishment and the emergence of new forces, pledged to stamp out corruption.

Jonathan Boardman uncovers Rome's multifaceted experience, where each layer of development rests upon the foundation of a pre-existing tradition. In a place where political and religious ideology have always expressed themselves through art, he also highlights a vibrant popular culture - from gladiatorial shows to the local Roma-Lazio soccer derby. Ancient and Papal Rome: home of the Caesars, city of arenas, temples, aqueducts, and fountains; nursery of Christianity, scene of martyrdom, piety, and scandal. Artistic Rome: workplace of Michelangelo, Raphael, and Canova; the inspiration for Byron, Shelley, and Goethe; the setting for Julius Caesar and La Dolce Vita. Rome Past and Present: city of pasta and soccer, capital of shopping and sex; headquarters of monarchy, dictatorship, and republic, the Green dream of "Roma per Roma" in the new millennium.

About the Author:
Jonathan Boardman is Anglican Chaplain to the city of Rome

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566567114
Publisher:
Interlink Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/10/2007
Series:
Cultural Histories Series
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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