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Archaeology, Ideology, and Urbanism in Rome from the Grand Tour to Berlusconi

  • Date Published: January 2019
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521874595


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  • Rome is one of the world's greatest archaeological sites, preserving many major monuments of the classical past. It is also a city with an important post-Roman history and home to both the papacy and the modern Italian state. Archaeologists have studied the ruins, and popes and politicians have used them for propaganda programs. Developers and preservationists have fought over what should and should not be preserved. This book tells the story of those complex, interacting developments over the past three centuries, from the days of the Grand Tour through the arrival of the fascists, which saw more destruction but also an unprecedented use of the remains for political propaganda. In post-war Rome, urban development predominated over archaeological preservation and much was lost. However, starting in the 1970s, preservationists have fought back, saving much and making the city into Europe's most important case study in historical preservation and historical loss.

    • Describes the progress of archaeological discovery in Rome from the Age of Enlightenment to that of the European Union
    • Discusses the changing ways in which archaeological discovery was related to contemporary political, cultural, and ideological agendas
    • Considers in historical context issues of archaeological preservation in relation to urban development
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    • Date Published: January 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521874595
    • length: 340 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 180 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.84kg
    • contains: 51 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Rome in the eighteenth century
    2. French intervention and papal reaction
    3. Archaeology and urbanism in the waning days of papal Rome
    4. Archaeology and urbanism in Rome during the early decades of the national state
    5. Development and archaeology in Roma Capitale
    6. Museums, markets, and display in the New Rome
    7. Archaeology and urbanism in fascist Rome
    8. Mostras and museums in fascist Rome
    9. Quietism, conformity and chaos: urbanism and archaeology in the 1950s and 1960s
    10. A new generation, a new politics, and a new archaeology
    11. The end of an era: the Giubileo, the Ara Pacis, and the twilight of the heirs of Bianchi Bandinelli
    12. Afterword

  • Author

    Stephen L. Dyson, State University of New York, Buffalo
    Stephen L. Dyson is Park Professor of Classics at the State University of New York, Buffalo and SUNY Distinguished Professor. His research interests focus on the history of the city of Rome and the archaeology of Roman Italy and its Empire. He is former President of the Classical Association of the American Academy in Rome and past President of the Archaeological Institute of America, and has written a number of titles including Rome: A Living Portrait of an Ancient City (2010).

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