Rome from the Ground Up

Rome from the Ground Up By James H.S. McGregor, Rome from the Ground Up Rome is not one city but many each with its own history unfolding from a different center now the trading port on the Tiber now the Forum of antiquity the Palatine of imperial power the Lateran Churc
  • Title: Rome from the Ground Up
  • Author: James H.S. McGregor
  • ISBN: 9780674022638
  • Page: 409
  • Format: Paperback
  • Rome from the Ground Up By James H.S. McGregor, Rome is not one city but many, each with its own history unfolding from a different center 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, pRome is not one city but many, each with its own history unfolding from a different center 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.A multifaceted historical portrait, this richly illustrated work is as gritty as it is gorgeous, immersing readers in the practical world of each period James McGregor s explorations afford the pleasures of a novel thick with characters and plot twists amid the life struggles, hopes, and failures of countless generations, we see how things truly worked, then and now we learn about the materials of which Rome was built of the Tiber and its bridges of roads, aqueducts, and sewers and, always, of power, especially the power to shape the city and imprint it with a particular personality like that of Nero or Trajan or Pope Sixtus V or a particular institution.McGregor traces the successive urban forms that rulers have imposed, from emperors and popes to national governments including Mussolini s And, in archaeologists and museums presentation of Rome s past, he shows that the documenting of history itself is fraught with power and politics In McGregor s own beautifully written account, the power and politics emerge clearly, manifest in the distinctive styles and structures, practical concerns and aesthetic interests that constitute the myriad Romes of our day and days past.
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    1. James H.S. McGregor

      When I was ten I borrowed my Dad s Smith Corona portable typewriter and started a novel about pirates I didn t get very far A few years later the Smith Corona went to college then grad school with me Its completion rate increased, but the work it was called on to turn out term papers in sociology, political science, Russian history and the like was less exciting if meaningful than my first attempt After working my way through a number of undergraduate majors, I stumbled into Comparative Literature and the typing grew focused, earnest and fun Comparative Literature turned into a career The Smith Corona morphed into a series of ever cheaper, ever smaller and efficient computers I wrote professional articles and books on Giovanni Boccaccio and other figures in medieval Italian literary history Near the end of my academic career, I started writing books about cities It turned out that all those term papers on social science and history had been waiting for a chance to get into conversation with the art and literature I had been teaching The first book, called Rome from the Ground Up, described a city where I had spent two important, eye opening years That book was under contract with a small press in lower Manhattan when the World Trade Center was hit The editor there believed that the market for books about foreign cities had collapsed with the second tower and decided not to publish I sold Rome to Yale University Press about a year later When my editor at Yale left, enthusiasm for publishing the book went with him Fortunately I d gotten a good reading of the book from an expert Yale had consulted, and with that in hand, I approached the literature editor at Harvard UP He was persuaded, and I was offered a contract On the strength of the contract, I was able to sign on with a wonderful literary agent Four books later, HUP and I parted ways Yale, under dynamic new leadership, is the publisher of my latest book, which is a new direction for me but also a complement to my city books Four of those books Paris, Rome, Venice and Athens focus on places either in the Mediterranean or deeply engaged with it The new book, Back to the Garden, looks at that part of the world and the societies it has influenced from a rural rather than an urban viewpoint It traces the history of regional reliance on and understanding of the natural environment For the last year I ve been writing a follow up book that focuses on American environmental issues, especially our muddled thinking about two critical and confusing topics wilderness on the one hand, wild and domestic animals on the other Now retired from academics, I live in Cambridge with my wife we met in Rome And though it pains me to confess it, I still have nothing meaningful to say about pirates.

    324 thoughts on “Rome from the Ground Up”

    1. I absolutely loved this book It s probably best to read it after a trip to Rome, but I was able to still appreciate the places I didn t see by searching for them on the Internet so even if you haven t been, this book can still be enjoyed The author writes in a way that is as exhausting as travel there is so much to take in but you want to keep going It is one of the best books I read this year.


    2. I have never been to Rome, though I will be going there soon in January am I crazy I do have some knowledge of Roman and Italian history, which made this book somewhat comprehensible to me However, it is loaded with detail about every ruin, monument and church without giving the poor reader any geographical context The few pictures are postage stamp sized, and there are almost no maps to give me any idea where these places are This book may be useful for someone intimately familiar with Rome, bu [...]



    3. A great way to take in Roman history and the story behind its incredible buildings I think that some large photos and maps would really have complemented the narrative.


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