3,000 years of history from the Etruscan Kings to Mussolini
A portrait, a history and a superb guide book — this beautifully written, informative study captures the seductive beauty and many-layered past of the Eternal City. From its quasi-mythical origins, through 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, Christopher Hibbert details the turbulent and dramatic history of this extraordinary place.
“Although the story Hibbert has to tell is at the heart of Western civilization, it is above all a story of cruelty, corruption, greed and moral degradation. Founded in fratricide, the city survives from century to century, sacked, looted, conquered, occupied. But on the other side of the coin there is the history of human and artistic endeavor without parallel. And it is this piquant juxtaposition of high achievement and base depravity that Hibbert has depicted so well.” — The Time Literary Supplement