fascinating history of the city of Rome, seen through
the eyes of its most significant sackings, from the
Gauls to the Nazis and everything in between.
city on earth has preserved its past as has Rome.
Visitors stand on bridges that were crossed by Julius
Caesar and Cicero, walk around temples visited by
Roman emperors, and step into churches that have hardly
changed since popes celebrated mass in them sixteen
centuries ago. These architectural survivals are all
the more remarkable considering the violent disasters
that have struck the city. Afflicted by earthquakes,
floods, fires and plagues, it has most of all been
repeatedly ravaged by roving armies. Rome: A History
in Seven Sackings examines the most important of these
attacks and reveals, with fascinating insight, how
they transformed the city - and not always for the
the Gauls to the Nazis, Kneale vividly recounts those
threatening the city, while drawing an intense and
vibrant portrait of the city and its inhabitants,
both before and after being attacked. In these troubled
times when our cities can seem fragile, Rome's history
offers a picture that is both shocking and also reassuring.
Like the Neapolitans from Norman Lewis's Naples 44,
Romans have repeatedly shrugged off catastrophes and
made their city anew.
meticulously researched, magical and novel blend of
travelogue, social and cultural history, Rome: A History
in Seven Sackings is part celebration of the fierce
courage, panache and vitality of the Roman people,
and part passionate love letter to Rome. This is a
popular history of the famous, incomparable city like