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Roman Mornings - James Lees-Milne

Paperback Published: 21st April 1998
ISBN: 9781561310111
Number Of Pages: 178

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The author writes in his introduction that evening is the magical moment to wander about Rome: "That is the moment to see the city of conflicting moods as it always has been and still is, hateful and holy, wicked and wise, pagan and papal, sometimes so beautiful that it is scarcely to be endured, and always quite inscrutable. That is the supreme moment to rhapsodize and pay homage, to make the final assault upon the hidden secret of Rome's eternal decay, and to be deliciously deceived... The early morning on the other hand is more to our purpose, for it is not at all romantic." The early morning serves to light for Lees-Milne the eight Roman buildings-from the somber Pantheon first built by Marcus Agrippa in 27 B.C. to the Trevi fountain, whose waters were brought to Rome via aqueduct by the same Agrippa, but whose completion had to await the eighteenth century-that are in the author's opinion the chef architectural monuments of the city. All of them, he says, are powerful archetypes, and two among them, the Pantheon and the Tempietto, have individual features that are reflected in practically every town in Europe, the British Commonwealth, and America.

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Less-Milne offers not scholarship but, rather, entertainment of the most elegant and eye-opening kind.--Deborah Howard "Architecture "

Ancient Roman: The Pantheonp. 1
Early Christian: Santa Costanzap. 23
Romanesque: Santa Maria in Cosmedinp. 44
Renaissance I: Il Tempiettop. 63
Renaissance II: Palazzo Pietro Massimo alle Colonnep. 79
Baroque I: Sant' Andrea al Quirinalep. 99
Baroque II: San Carlo alle Quattro Fontanep. 116
Rococo: Trevi Fountainp. 135
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ISBN: 9781561310111
ISBN-10: 1561310115
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 178
Published: 21st April 1998
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.34 x 13.92  x 1.45
Weight (kg): 0.23

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