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By combining history, art, politics, and architecture, as well as the magic of the Colosseum, this fascinating book reveals seven different itineraries to discover one of the most emblematic and evocative monuments in the world.
Every year, millions of visitors enter the Colosseum, which represents a common heritage of human history and culture. Visiting it is still considered a sensational experience, a unique moment that everyone wishes to see at least once in a lifetime.
The wide and original array of images and literary pages, as well as a number of unpublished materials, confirm the Colosseum as being an exceptional source of inspiration for writers and artists until this day. Thematic itineraries guide readers on their tour, recalling the atmosphere of the past as well as modern-day links with the cinema. This volume makes a useful and delightful guide to learn more about the monument that has always had a certain “physique du role.” This affordable and manageable volume has the advantage of illustrating new and original paths to the discovery of one of the most studied and well-known monuments in the world.
“Everybody knows the picture of the Colosseum; everybody recognizes at once that looped and windowed band-box with a side bitten out.” —Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad, 1869
About the Author
Nunzio Giustozzi, archaeologist and historian of Italian art, is an author of essays on classical sculpture for specialized journals, as well as a critic on contemporary artists.