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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
This beautifully written, informative study is a portrait, a history and a
superb guide book, capturing fully the seductive beauty and the many layered
past of the Eternal City. It covers 3,000 years of history from the city's
quasi-mythical origins, through the Etruscan kings, the opulent glory of
classical Rome, the decadence and decay of the Middle Ages and the beauty and
corruption of the Renaissance, to its time at the heart of Mussolini's fascist
Italy. Exploring the city's streets and buildings, peopled with popes,
gladiators, emperors, noblemen and peasants, this volume details the turbulent
and dramatic history of Rome in all its depravity and grandeur.