TWO THOUSAND YEARS IN ROME by Richard & Barbara Mertz


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Richard and Barbara Mertz think of themselves as tourists--""hardened, dedicated, determined specimens of the breed""--but they write of Rome from the vantage point of a two-year sojourn there. From a historical orientation, they point out the Roman beauty spots: the Etruscan cemeteries of Tarquinia and Cerveteri (one of the best and least known CIT trips); the Classical Forum, Trajan's Column, Hadrian's Tomb, Diocletian's Baths; the Christian catacombs, the excavations under St. Peter's (written permission required); the Medieval Santa Maria Maggiore (mosaics in particular); the Renaissance Vatican Palace--Michelangelo, Raphael, Pinturicchio; the Baroque Bernini and St. Peters' (also St. Andrea al Quirinale and the Carlino); modern Rome. The authors give an idea of archaeological aspects early on, reigns imperial and papal later. They provide an outlook on the Eternal City in time, for the tourist who wants to use his well.

Pub Date: Feb. 23rd, 1967
Publisher: Coward-McCann