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Rome: A History in Seven Sackings by Matthew…

Rome: A History in Seven Sackings (edition 2017)

by Matthew Kneale

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Title:Rome: A History in Seven Sackings
Authors:Matthew Kneale
Info:London : Atlantic Books, 2017.
Collections:Your library
Tags:history, ancient history, classics, medieval history, 11th century, 16th century, 19th century, Second World War, read 2019

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Rome: A History in Seven Sackings by Matthew Kneale



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Highly readable summary of Roman and Italian history told through seven key sackings which the author sees has turning points or as having a lasting impact. Great characters fill the pages including Celts, lots of Goths, Normans, Landsknechte and Garibaldi's red shirts. ( )
  DoToBu89 | Oct 26, 2018 |
An interesting idea...a history of Rome looked at through 7 sackings over 2000 years.

The structure of the book is to look those who would doing the sackings, the sacking itself, the impact on Rome and its peoples and in the later chapters commenting on the differences that residents of an earlier Rome would see when looking at the latest Rome.

Rome is probably my favourite O/S city, though having only visited it twice.

So I was looking forward very much to this. But was a little disappointed. It was both more detailed as to the sackings themselves and less on the description of Rome and the impact on Rome. It was almost as if the emphasis was more a history of Roman sackings than of Rome (the city) itself.

And there was to my mind annoying habit of repeating phrases (particularly in describing a person), examples included references:
- to the syphilitic Pope Julius 11 on each of pages 173, 174 and 175
- to the "hiker Roland G Andrew" on pages 299 and 300
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I suppose not a large issue, but a little grating.

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"[This book] tells the story of the Eternal City--from the early Roman Republic through the Renaissance and the Reformation to Mussolini and the German occupation in World War Two--through pivotal moments that defined its history"--Amazon.com.

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