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Rome Paperback – March 20, 2000
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I had always wondered how the ruins remained so undisturbed. I discovered that the center of the town moved away from the hills towards the river and St. Peter's (which was originally a grave site outside the town and across the river). Also, the process of reusing pieces of old buildings was going on from ancient times. (Today we call that an ecologically good practice.)
The photos and illustrations show the development of the town, before the rapid reurbanization of the 20th century. Many of the photos appear to be from the 1950s or 60s. There are a few color illustrations, but most are in black and white.
The book was written in 1980, it has a new forward, which is almost completely unrelated to the book.