Overview

Venice came to life on mudflats at the edge of the habitable world. Protected in a tidal estuary from invaders and Byzantine overlords, the fishermen and traders who settled there crafted a way of life unlike anything the Roman Empire had ever known. In an astonishing feat of narrative history, James H. S. McGregor recreates this world, with its waterways rather than roads and its livelihood harvested from the sea. The narrative follows both a chronological and geographical organization, so that readers can trace...
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VENICE FROM THE GROUND UP

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Overview

Venice came to life on mudflats at the edge of the habitable world. Protected in a tidal estuary from invaders and Byzantine overlords, the fishermen and traders who settled there crafted a way of life unlike anything the Roman Empire had ever known. In an astonishing feat of narrative history, James H. S. McGregor recreates this world, with its waterways rather than roads and its livelihood harvested from the sea. The narrative follows both a chronological and geographical organization, so that readers can trace the city's evolution by chapter and visitors can explore it by district on foot and by boat.
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What People Are Saying

Piero Boitani
This is an excellent book. The history of the city is recounted as if it were a story, which makes the whole work eminently readable. The history of Venice is as meandering as its canals, and to have achieved an overall straightforward path through it is no small feat. McGregor's book is a perfect introduction to Venice. Italians themselves would read it with profit. --(Piero Boitani, Professor of Comparative Literature at University of Rome La Sapienza)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674040847
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 6/30/2009
  • Series: From the Ground Up
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,136,779
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

James H. S. McGregor is Professor and Co-Head of the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Georgia.
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Table of Contents


Contents

Introduction
1 The Lagoon
2 The Basilica of San Marco
3 Company Town
4 State of Grace
5 State of Siege
6 The Streets of Venice
Information

Further Reading
Acknowledgments
Illustration Credits
Index
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