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The Architecture of Rome by Stefan Grundmann
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The Architecture of Rome

by Stefan Grundmann

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This is a reasonably comprehensive guide to the architecture of Rome from all periods up to the late 20th century. Covering 400 buildings chronologically, nearly all illustrated (though not all illustrations are well-chosen and most are quite small), this guide provides about as complete a survey of Roman architectural history as one might hope for in one volume. Much more in-depth information on antiquity in particular can be found in the two archaeological guides by Coarelli and Claridge, respectively, but for a quick overview this volume does the job. Occasionally I hoped for longer entries on certain buildings, but overall the information seems solid (I have not read it all). Unfortunately, I doubt the cluttered black-and-white maps at the end of the book would make for easy navigation if you're actually on foot in the city with book in tow. Locations on the maps are keyed by letter and number to the descriptions, but the map itself is quite difficult to read. Anyone who wants to track the buildings described in this book would do well to get a Streetwise Rome or other such map to accompany it.
  pranogajec | Sep 8, 2010 |
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