This excellent, scholarly -- yet far from pedantic -- study of archaeology in Italy emphasizes the finds of the post-war period. The author's chief interest is in how various archaeological finds further illuminate the history of Italy. In this manner he deals first with prehistoric Italy, the Etruscans and early Rome; then the reigns of Rome's famous rulers -- Sulla, Pompey, Caesar, Augustus, Trajan and through to Hadrian. Here he offers vivid descriptive reconstructions of buildings commissioned by these celebrated figures and their historical significance. There are chapters, too, about Vesuvius, the achievements of Roman engineering and an account of the strict rules and procedures of scientific archaeological excavation. The style is clear and simple, and the author is expert not only at analyzing finds through inscriptions, the nature of building materials, etc., but is also a sensitive art critic with a fine historical sense. A detailed book suitable for the reader particularly interested in the field and extremely useful for those planning a visit to Italy.