Rome is not one city but many, each with its own history unfolding from a different centre: now the trading port on the Tiber; now the Forum of antiquity; the Palatine of imperial power; the Lateran Church of Christian ascendancy; the Vatican; the Quirinal palace. Beginning with the very shaping of the ground on which Rome first rose, this book conjures all these cities, past and present, conducting the reader through time and space to the complex and shifting realities - architectural, historical, political and social - that constitute Rome.
James H. S. McGregor is Professor and Co-Head of the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Georgia.
Introduction 1. Tiber Island and the Ancient Port 2. The Roman Forum 3. The Imperial City 4. Early Christian Churches 5. Vatican Revival 6. Renaissance in the River Bend 7. Baroque Expansion 8. The Survival of History Information Further Reading Acknowledgments Illustration Credits Index