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"We have long needed what no one before Claridge has provided: a synthesis, balanced and user-friendly, of all [the] recent scholarship, one that sets Roman monuments in their proper urban and historical contexts, and accurately describes what is currently known or thought about them. . . . [T]ravellers . . .will welcome a synthesis so balanced, intelligent and well informed, and will find Amanda Claridge a fine companion on their archaeological walks in Rome."--Times Literary Supplement


"Claridge's book will appeal to a range of readers--from armchair archaelogists to serious visitors and students of Rome's archaeology.... Recommended."--CHOICE


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Amanda Claridge is Professor of Roman Archaeology at Royal Holloway University of London. Assistant Director of the British School at Rome from 1980 to 1994, her wider archaeological activities have included fieldwork in Rome, elsewhere in Italy, North Africa, and Turkey, and the study of Roman
marbles and sculptural techniques, on which she is a noted authority.
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Product Details

  • Series: Oxford Archaeological Guides
  • Paperback: 488 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2 edition (September 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199546835
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199546831
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 1.2 x 5.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Joe Galascione on May 13, 2011
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I've relied heavily on the prior edition of this guide over the last 10 years to guide me around, over and under the most beautiful city in the world and it's quickly become one of the most cherished books in my possession. This new edition is fully updated and reveals the most recent discoveries and sites which have been discovered/reopened. It even gives a detailed walk through of the House of Livia, which wasn't even opened to the public until months after the book was printed. This book is worth it's weight in gold to anyone trying to decipher and understand the mysteries and riddles of the eternal city. Cannot recommend enough
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Perfect for the traveller with a deep appreciation of Rome's rich ancient history who doesn't want to take along 4 different books. It separates the town by regions and makes it come alive. Wish I'd had this book the first time I visited!
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I have used previous editions of Claridge's book, both in the classroom and on-site in Rome. It is an excellent resource with clear plans, up-to-date information, and very helpful introductory chapters.

But what absolutely astounds me about this edition is the cover. Why on Earth has the oculus of the Pantheon--one of Rome's most iconic buildings--been edited out!? Not only have the designers/editors/whoever erased one of the most distinctive aspects of the Pantheon itself, but they will have befuddled a new generation of budding architectural historians.
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This book is a great travel reference.

I used before a trip to check out sites.

I copied pages for the sites I was visiting along with sections from:
Use with The Pilgrim's Guide to Rome's Principal Churches: Illustrated Guided Tours of Fifty-one of the Most Important Churches of Rome.

I then printed off Google Maps images of site.

I added travel info.

Created a series of site packs.

Never got lost and knew exactly what I was seeing.
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I've used this reference almost annually for my trips to Rome. Best suited to someone who wants to go beyond the tourist basics, it has provided good, solid, and well organized information for countless smaller sites throughout the city and its environs. It's a big book, but even though I own the Kindle version, I generally prefer taking the hard copy along. Could benefit from more diagrams and maps, but I realize it would make the book more unwieldy.
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By Stacy on February 26, 2016
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I actually read the whole book. It's very well written and readable. Highly recommended. The biggest problem is there aren't any photographs of the current structures so keep your phone or computer handy to look them up on google as you read.
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Left this book home before my recent trip to Rome, however had used it to plan my week's stay in the Eternal City. On my return I was able to re-read certain passages that provided me with a positive re-enforcment of my experiences.
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I love this book, especially while I am studying a classical civilization subject. It is a list of all the classical sites you can see in Rome. Amanda Claridge not only has ancient maps regarding their ancient location, but goes through each sites and lists its history. At the back of the book is also a list of museums and their websites, opening and closing times, and ticket prices. A list of churchs and other free locations to visit are listed as well. This book has made my experience in Rome a lot better, allowing me not only to view Rome in its present modern state, but also to see it as it once was.
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