Veramente ricco di informazioni e aneddoti interessanti. A mio avviso il migliore della serie che Augias ha dedicato alle città (anche se mi manca Parigi).
In the Editor’s Note at the start of the book, the reader is warned that this book is more like a novel than an essay. I would say it is more like a series of essays with the city of Rome as its central theme.
The author takes us rather randomly through Rome’s more than 2,000 years of history, combining well-known stories with the more obscure, without following a standard chronology.
This I find the book’s weakness. Although it contains massive amounts of interesting details that seem to represent their age rather well, the book does not give the reader much of an idea of how the city developed through time. And sometimes the author is a bit gossipy, sparing us no juicy detail from Suetonius, the unproven story of the female pope Joan, and the equally unproven incestuous relationship between Lucretia Borgia and her father Pope Alexander VI Borgia.
All essays are about 20-25 pages long, and they would best be read on an extended stay in the city, when one could read the essay first, and then visit the places mentioned. The author is definitely a great guide to the city and its art....Continua
A VOLTE CONFUSIONARIO MA CON PICCOLE PARENTESI MOLTO INTERESSANTI. SICURAMENTE PER RACCONTARE TUTTA LA STORIA DI ROMA CI VORREBBERO UN CENTINAIO DI LIBRI ...