Rome: Profile of a City, 312-1308 / Edition 1

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Overview

In this classic study, surveying the city's life from Christian Antiquity through the Middle Ages, Richard Krautheimer focuses on monuments of art and architecture as they reflect the historical events, the ideological currents, and the meaning Rome held for its contemporaries. Lavishly illustrated, this book tells an intriguing story in which the heritage of antiquity intertwines with the living presence of Christianity. Written by one of the great art historians of our time, it offers a profile of the Eternal City unlike any drawn in the past or likely to be drawn in the future.

"Krautheimer was never (or only rarely) interested in studying heavily researched subjects, in valorizing what was already valorized, in reconquering what had long been conquered and reconquered. He was at heart a pioneer, a discoverer, a master of uncharted scholarly terrain in an age when so many things art historical were thought to be understood."--From the preface by Marvin Trachtenberg

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Editorial Reviews

Speculum
Krautheimer's book shows us what history and art history can be when they are truly combined.
Church History
It would be difficult to find a word other than masterpiece to describe this book.
The New York Review of Books
Everyone should be grateful for this learned and humane work, which combines a powerful grasp of the principles and minutiae of the history of Western art with a detailed topographical grasp of this complex city.
The Art Book
The new edition of the Profile is a welcome return of an unsurpassed study of a period of Rome's history that is difficult to tell . . . [It] is difficult to find fault in such an undertaking or to review its significance when few would dare attempt the same project today.
— C.M. Richardson
The Art Book - C.M. Richardson
The new edition of the Profile is a welcome return of an unsurpassed study of a period of Rome's history that is difficult to tell . . . [It] is difficult to find fault in such an undertaking or to review its significance when few would dare attempt the same project today.
From the Publisher

"Krautheimer's book shows us what history and art history can be when they are truly combined."--Speculum

"It would be difficult to find a word other than masterpiece to describe this book."--Church History

"Everyone should be grateful for this learned and humane work, which combines a powerful grasp of the principles and minutiae of the history of Western art with a detailed topographical grasp of this complex city."--The New York Review of Books

"The new edition of the Profile is a welcome return of an unsurpassed study of a period of Rome's history that is difficult to tell . . . [It] is difficult to find fault in such an undertaking or to review its significance when few would dare attempt the same project today."--C.M. Richardson, The Art Book

KLIATT
The author (now deceased) was a leading authority on Early Christian and medieval architecture. The book, originally published in 1980 and long out-of-print, is essentially the same, despite the new Foreword by Marvin Trachtenberg. It begins in 312 AD, with the entrance of Constantine the Great into Rome; it is with Constantine that the transformation of Rome into a medieval city begins. The book ends just prior to the period of the Renaissance popes, who transformed the city into that which we recognize today. Essentially this is a history of medieval Rome as expressed through its monuments. It is the best such history of Rome. Numerous b/w illustrations accompany the text. KLIATT Codes: A—Recommended for advanced students, and adults. 2000, Princeton Univ. Press, Illus, notes, index, 28cm, 99 053723, $35.00. Ages 17 to adult. Reviewer: John Rosser; Professor, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, July 2000 (Vol. 34 No. 4)
New York Review of Books
Everyone should be grateful for this learned and humane work, which combines a powerful grasp of the principles and minutiae of the history of Western art with a detailed topographical grasp of this complex city.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691049618
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 3/20/2000
  • Edition description: Subsequent
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 389
  • Sales rank: 1,227,553
  • Product dimensions: 8.38 (w) x 11.18 (h) x 1.17 (d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations ix
Foreword xvii
Marvin Trachtenberg
Preface xxiii
Part I Image and Reality
CHAPTER ONE Rome and Constantine 3
CHAPTER TWO The Christianization of Rome and the Romanization of Christianity 33
CHAPTER THREE The Times of Gregory the Great 59
CHAPTER FOUR Rome between East and West 89
CHAPTER FIVE Renewal and Renascence: The Carolingian Age 109
CHAPTER SIX Realities, Ideologies, and Rhetoric 143
CHAPTER SEVEN The New Rebirth of Rome: The Twelfth Century 161
CHAPTER EIGHT The Thirteenth Century: An Epilogue 203
Part II Forma Urbis Romae Medievalis
CHAPTER NINE The Evidence 231
CHAPTER TEN The Inheritance 237
CHAPTER ELEVEN Growth of the Borgo 261
CHAPTER TWELVE The Abitato 271
CHAPTER THIRTEEN Houses, Towers. and Mansions 289
CHAPTER FOURTEEN The Disabitato and the Lateran 311
APPENDIX Chronological List of Popes 327
Bibliographical Note 329
Abbreviations of Frequently Cited Works 331
Notes 335
INDEX I Places and Subjects 373
INDEX II People 385
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