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Dear archaeologists, dear colleagues, take a year off work and lock yourself into your house. We have a new standard work to read and it is called: The Atlas of Ancient Rome.

As soon as this book came into the store, I was practically drooling over it. Hundreds of pages, with essays, with information, filled with pictures, with detailed drawings, and with seemingly endless maps. Twenty years of work, that’s how long it took to build an atlas that focused on one city. A city of which most has been wiped from the face of the earth and yet, thanks to continuous efforts and new computer software, we know a great deal more then you would expect.

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During many excavations, the remains of several ancient buildings that were once part of the ancient city of Rome were found and documented. This resulted in some semi-concrete ideas on what the city might have looked at, but nothing has ever been set in stone. In the last 20 years, professor and archeologist Andrea Carandini has set it upon himself to change that. This resulted in the existence of The Atlas of Ancient Rome, in which the expert has collected essays, drawings, pictures, and computer generated of all things Roman in the city. And with this, he created a monumental book for a monumental city.

Walk around in ancient Rome, by following detailed maps and watching elaborate pictures and drawings. From residential neighborhoods and gardens, to walls, roads, aqueducts, and sewers, all the way back to social infrastructure in a city that was once the centre of the world. This book tells all to everyone, the archaeologist as well as the amateur, the professor and the curious mind. Everyone who has ever been interested in the Romans, will enjoy this new standard work. The only thing is that you practically need a seperate bookshelf to store it on.

The Atlas of Ancient Rome
The Atlas of Ancient Rome provides a comprehensive archaeological survey of the city of Rome from prehistory to the early medieval period. Lavishly illustrated throughout with full-color maps, drawings, photos, and 3D reconstructions, this magnificent two-volume slipcased edition features the latest discoveries and scholarship, with new descriptions of more than 500 monuments, including the Sanctuary of Vesta, the domus Augusti, and the Mausoleum of Augustus. It is destined to become the standard reference for scholars, students, and anyone interested in the history of the city of Rome.

Andrea Carandini. The Atlas of Ancient Rome / Princeton University Press/ 9780691163475 

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