Rome: A History in Seven Sackings

Rome: A History in Seven Sackings
“Kneale’s account is a masterpiece of pacing and suspense. Characters from the city’s history spring to life in his hands.” —The Sunday Times (London)

Novelist and historian Matthew Kneale, a longtime resident of Rome, tells the story of the Eternal City—from the early Roman Republic through the Renaissance and the Reformation to Mussolini and the German occupation in World War Two—through pivotal moments that defined its history.

Rome, the Eternal City. It is a hugely popular tourist destination with a rich history, famed for such sites as the Colosseum, the Forum, the Pantheon, St. Peter’s, and the Vatican. In no other city is history as present as it is in Rome. Today visitors can stand on bridges that Julius Caesar and Cicero crossed; walk around temples in the footsteps of emperors; visit churches from the earliest days of Christianity.

This is all the more remarkable considering what the city has endured over the centuries. It has been ravaged by fires, floods, earthquakes, and—most of all—by roving armies. These have invaded repeatedly, from ancient times to as recently as 1943. Many times Romans have shrugged off catastrophe and remade their city anew.

Matthew Kneale uses seven of these crisis moments to create a powerful and captivating account of Rome’s extraordinary history. He paints portraits of the city before each assault, describing what it looked like, felt like, smelled like and how Romans, both rich and poor, lived their everyday lives. He shows how the attacks transformed Rome—sometimes for the better. With drama and humor he brings to life the city of Augustus, of Michelangelo and Bernini, of Garibaldi and Mussolini, and of popes both saintly and very worldly. He shows how Rome became the chaotic and wondrous place it is today. Rome: A History in Seven Sackings offers a unique look at a truly remarkable city.
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Animadversions Upon Sir Isaac Newton’s Book, Intitled the Chronology of Ancient Kingdoms Amended (Classic Reprint)


Excerpt from Animadversions Upon Sir Isaac Newton’s Book, Intitled the Chronology of Ancient Kingdoms Amended

The Foundation of the Calculations depends Upon thefe two Principles, which, it is hoped, will be clearly proved.

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This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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Sun Tzu: The Art of War

Sun Tzu: The Art of War
Written over two thousand years ago, The Art of War contains penetrating insights into the nature of power, inter-state rivalry, realpolitik and military success, relevant to any age. It was first translated into English in the early 20th century. Sun Tzu’s short lines of argument and pithy aphorisms are highly accessible to modern readers, and his text has almost achieved cult status. He is quoted everywhere ‘from divorce courts to Facebook’, and has something to offer anyone interested in honing leadership skills and achieving in any competitive environment ‘from the boardroom to the bedroom’. Sun Tzu’s advice is shrewd and pragmatic – he does not glory in slaughter and prefers to win battles off the battlefield if possible; he is a strong supporter of the use of deception, of varying your shots and above all, of doing your research: knowing your enemy is key; but of little use if you do not also ‘know yourself’.

Features a brilliant new translation by Peter Harris.

The iconic text in its original 13 short chapters printed unencumbered by notes
The text repeated, this time interspersed with selected extracts from the canon of traditional Chinese commentators who have explained Sun Tzu’s wisdom over the centuries; each chapter ending with an explanatory note from Peter Harris
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Animadversions Upon Sir Isaac Newton’s Book, Intitled the Chronology of Ancient Kingdoms Amended (Classic Reprint)


Excerpt from Animadversions Upon Sir Isaac Newton’s Book, Intitled the Chronology of Ancient Kingdoms Amended

The Foundation of the Calculations depends Upon thefe two Principles, which, it is hoped, will be clearly proved.

About the Publisher

Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at http://www.forgottenbooks.com

This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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Sun Tzu: The Art of War

Sun Tzu: The Art of War
Written over two thousand years ago, The Art of War contains penetrating insights into the nature of power, inter-state rivalry, realpolitik and military success, relevant to any age. It was first translated into English in the early 20th century. Sun Tzu’s short lines of argument and pithy aphorisms are highly accessible to modern readers, and his text has almost achieved cult status. He is quoted everywhere ‘from divorce courts to Facebook’, and has something to offer anyone interested in honing leadership skills and achieving in any competitive environment ‘from the boardroom to the bedroom’. Sun Tzu’s advice is shrewd and pragmatic – he does not glory in slaughter and prefers to win battles off the battlefield if possible; he is a strong supporter of the use of deception, of varying your shots and above all, of doing your research: knowing your enemy is key; but of little use if you do not also ‘know yourself’.

Features a brilliant new translation by Peter Harris.

The iconic text in its original 13 short chapters printed unencumbered by notes
The text repeated, this time interspersed with selected extracts from the canon of traditional Chinese commentators who have explained Sun Tzu’s wisdom over the centuries; each chapter ending with an explanatory note from Peter Harris
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Rome: A History in Seven Sackings

Rome: A History in Seven Sackings
A 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.’A masterpiece of pacing and suspense’ Sunday TimesNo city on earth has preserved its past as Rome has. Visitors can cross bridges that were crossed by Cicero and Julius Caesar, explore 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 many disasters that have struck the city. Rome has been afflicted by earthquakes, floods, fires and plagues, but most of all it has been repeatedly ravaged by roving armies. From the Gauls to the Nazis, Matthew Kneale tells the stories behind the seven most important of these attacks and reveals, with fascinating insight, how they transformed the city – and not always for the worse. Using this entirely new approach to Rome’s past he unveils how it became the city it is today. A meticulously researched, magical blend of travelogue, social and cultural history, Rome: A History in Seven Sackings is a celebration of the fierce courage, panache and vitality of the Roman people. Most of all, it is a passionate love letter to this incomparable city.
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