Why does Rome continue to exert a hold on the European imagination? How did the 'Caput mundi' come to play such a critical role in the development of Western civilization?
Ferdinand Addis addresses these questions by tracing the history of the 'Eternal City' through thirty key moments in its history: from the mythic founding of Rome in 753 BC, via such landmarks as the murder of Caesar in 44 BC, the coronation of Charlemagne in AD 800 and the reinvention of the imperial ideal, the painting of the Sistine chapel, the trial of Galileo, Mussolini's March on Rome of 1922, the release of Fellini's La Dolce Vita in 1960, and the Occupy riots of 2011.
City of the Seven Hills, spiritual home of Catholic Christianity, city of the artistic imagination, enduring symbol of our common European heritage – Rome has inspired, charmed and tempted empire-builders, dreamers, writers and travellers across the 27 centuries of its existence. Ferdinand Addis tells its rich story in the grand narrative manner for a new generation of readers.
About the author(s)
Ferdinand Addis read greats at Oxford, before embarking on a career as a journalist and author. He is the author of Opening Pandora's Box, a book on the etymology of Greek and Roman words. He lives in London.