In this classic study, surveying the city's life from Christian Antiquity through the Middle Ages, Richard Krautheimer focuses on monuments of art and architecture as they reflect the historical events, the ideological currents, and the meaning Rome held for its contemporaries. Lavishly illustrated, this book tells an intriguing story in which the heritage of antiquity intertwines with the living presence of Christianity. Written by one of the great art historians of our time, it offers a profile of the Eternal City unlike any drawn in the past or likely to be drawn in the future. "Krautheimer was never (or only rarely) interested in studying heavily researched subjects, in valorizing what was already valorized, in reconquering what had long been conquered and reconquered. He was at heart a pioneer, a discoverer, a master of uncharted scholarly terrain in an age when so many things art historical were thought to be understood."--From the preface by Marvin Trachtenberg
Richard Krautheimer was Professor at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. He authored numerous works, including The Rome of Alexander VII, 1655-1667 and Lorenzo Ghiberti (both Princeton).
List of Illustrations ix Foreword xvii Marvin Trachtenberg Preface xxiii Part I Image and Reality CHAPTER ONE Rome and Constantine 3 CHAPTER TWO The Christianization of Rome and the Romanization of Christianity 33 CHAPTER THREE The Times of Gregory the Great 59 CHAPTER FOUR Rome between East and West 89 CHAPTER FIVE Renewal and Renascence: The Carolingian Age 109 CHAPTER SIX Realities, Ideologies, and Rhetoric 143 CHAPTER SEVEN The New Rebirth of Rome: The Twelfth Century 161 CHAPTER EIGHT The Thirteenth Century: An Epilogue 203 Part II Forma Urbis Romae Medievalis CHAPTER NINE The Evidence 231 CHAPTER TEN The Inheritance 237 CHAPTER ELEVEN Growth of the Borgo 261 CHAPTER TWELVE The Abitato 271 CHAPTER THIRTEEN Houses, Towers. and Mansions 289 CHAPTER FOURTEEN The Disabitato and the Lateran 311 APPENDIX Chronological List of Popes 327 Bibliographical Note 329 Abbreviations of Frequently Cited Works 331 Notes 335 INDEX I Places and Subjects 373 INDEX II People 385