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Seller: ancientgifts (4,181) 99.3%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 122104058420 TRANSLATE Arabic Chinese French German Greek Indonesian Italian Hindi Japanese Korean Swedish Portuguese Russian Spanish Your browser does not support JavaScript. To view this page, enable JavaScript if it is disabled or upgrade your browser. Click here to see 1,000 archaeology/ancient history books and 2,000 ancient artifacts, antique gemstones, antique jewelry! The Ruins and Excavations of Ancient Rome by Rodolfo Lanciani, with a New Foreword by Richard Brilliant. NOTE: We have 75,000 books in our library, almost 10,000 different titles. Odds are we have other copies of this same title in varying conditions, some less expensive, some better condition. We might also have different editions as well (some paperback, some hardcover, oftentimes international editions). If you don’t see what you want, please contact us and ask. We’re happy to send you a summary of the differing conditions and prices we may have for the same title. DESCRIPTION: Hardback with Dust Jacket: 617 pages. Publisher: Bell Publishing Company; (1979). The crumbling ruins of ancient Rome serve as our most tangible link to the political, social, and military greatness of the city of the Caesars. To the untrained eye these scattered stones and tarnished relics present an unfathomed array of styles, structures, and periods. But the story behind these relics is alive with everything that is human and vital; from glorious triumph or decadent corruption to the everyday traffic and commercial flux of urban life. Concealed in these ruins is the story of the organic development of the city from a collection of small farming towns to its ultimate position as capital of the largest unified state in the history of the western world. And it is Rodolfo Lanciani who has brought this story to abundant life. As Professor Richard Brilliant states in the foreword, “the author’s infectious curiosity about Rome and his delight in her remains have been so successfully served by his friendly, unpedantic style. If Rome has so clearly built on the past, our knowledge of the past still depends very much on Lanciani.” The author has placed the art and the architecture of the city on a time line, reflecting the constantly evolving ideas and spirit of the civilization as they developed over hundreds of years. In addition to this chronological approach, he has considered the structures and sites from topographical and architectural perspectives. Thus three systems of organization provide the prospective traveler or student with a detailed and stimulating knowledge of the ancient city that is ideally adaptable to his particular interest or area of study. The book is divided into four sections. The first is a general consideration of Rome’s topography and the way in which the city was adapted to it. Next is the description of the Palatine Hill, on which the city was founded and eventually became the seat of the empire. Next is the description of the Sacra Via, which extends from the Coliseum to the Capitolium and was the first part of the city to be thoroughly excavated. Finally the different regions that developed during and after Augustus, like the Circus Maximus and the Esquiline are discussed. In addition there are two detailed indexes, one organized according to architectural groupings, and the other according to Roman chronology. The history of each area and structure is fleshed out in a lively way. Lanciani provides a wealth of information on the rediscovery and excavation of buildings, roads, and aqueducts, and discusses the fates that have befallen them since ancient times. And there are many fascinating sidelights about various Roman citizens, great and obscure. In short, as Professor Brilliant has summarized, “Nothing has superseded this classic effort of the greatest of all historians of the excavations of Rome”. CONDITION: UNREAD, VERY GOOD. Unread (but not entirely unblemished) hardcover with facsimile/surrogate dustjacket. Bell Publishing (1979) 617 pages. The book has clearly never been read, but it is 35 years old and is showing some signs of age and shelfwear. The good news is that the pages are crisp, clean, tightly bound, unmarked, undamaged, clearly unread. However the top surface of the massed closed pages show tan age speckling known as "foxing" (not visible of course on individual opened pages, only to the mass of closed page edges). The book came to us without a dustjacket (evidently the original was lost or discarded), so photo-copying the dustjacket from another identical book in our library, we produced a full-color replacement printed on high-gloss photographic quality paper, enclosed in a mylar cover. It's very handsome and durable. Beneath the mylar-encased surrogate dustjacket the green covers are clean and unblemished evidencing only mild edge and corner shelfwear. Keeping in mind that the book is 35 years old (and does show some age-spotting to the mass of the top surface of the closed page edges closed page edges), except for the fact that the book has a replacement dustjacket and evidences "foxing", the overall condition of the rest of the book (i.e., the covers and the inside of the book) is not too far removed from what might otherwise pass as new/unsold (albeit 35 year old) stock from an open-shelf book store (such as Barnes & Noble, for instance) where books might show shelfwear simply from being shelved and re-shelved. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! #1355k. PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR JACKET DESCRIPTION(S) AND FOR PAGES OF PICTURES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: Reprint of the 1897 ed. published by Houghton Mifflin, New York. Includes bibliographies and indexes. Illustrated. Rochard Brilliant who has written the forward to this edition is Professor of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University. He is the author of numerous books, including the bestselling Pompeii A.D. 79. PROFESSIONAL REVIEW: REVIEW: Lanciani formed a core of distinguished late nineteenth-century scholars of the Roman forum including Heinrich Jordan, Christian Huelsen, Samuel B. Platner, and Thomas Ashby. Richard Brilliant described Lanciani's “Ruins and Excavations of Ancient Rome” as undiminished in vitality as a study of ancient Roman ruins (1967). This is the quintessential benchmark against which all other studies of the archaeology of Rome are measured. Highly entertaining, wonderfully informative and enlightening. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: For decades Rodolfo Lanciani studied and excavated the ruins of ancient Rome during the 19th and early 20th Centuries. He wrote this book (he tells us) not as a book on archaeology but as a guidebook for the student of history and archaeology visiting the city. He walks you around from site to site in the city as it existed then. However, he is an archaeologist, and his knowledge of the city, its history and its remains is encyclopedic. He discuses everything from the many styles of bricks, and how they are laid, to the design of the systems of aqueducts, to the excavation of Nero's Golden House, other palaces of other Emperors, ordinary houses, places of worship, to the discovery of the remains of Raphael in the Pantheon, which gatekeepers must be bribed to allow entrance to certain sites, interesting historical anecdotes and on and on and on. There are over 200 illustrations, maps and plans. Lanciani also published a reconstruction of the ancient city map of Rome, known as the "Forma Urbis Romae", so he knew the city of 2000 years ago street by street and house by house. Lanciani wrote over a hundred years ago, and the power of his prose is staggering - crystal-clear technical discussions combined with 19th Century Romantic English are both enlightening and entertaining. You will read of early excavations beginning in the Renaissance, beginning with the discovery of Nero's house and the rooms full of statuary that inspired artists of that time, to contemporary discoveries under the direction of Dr Lanciani. One of my all-time favorites - I always keep it nearby and never tire of reading it. REVIEW: If you have ever wondered what happened to transform the stupendous marble temples, palaces and baths of Imperial Rome into the fragmentary ruins we see today, read Lanciani. A famous archaeologist, he takes the reader on a learned tour of most of the great and some of the virtually unknown sites of the ancient city and lets us know how Emperors, Popes, Renaissance architects and modern speculators reduced them to their present state. While some of his information is no longer completely accurate due to more recent discoveries and scholarship, nonetheless, his first hand experience of the excavations and his extraordinary knowledge of the history of the city and its monuments make this essential reading for the enthusiastic tourist as well as the student. His descriptions of the many imperial gardens are fascinating and unavailable elsewhere. The volume has murky plates and illustrations, although many readers will not mind this; there are plenty of photos available in other books. Highly recommended. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). All domestic shipments and most international shipments will include free USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site and free insurance coverage). A small percentage of international shipments may require an additional fee for tracking and/or delivery confirmation. If you are concerned about a little wear and tear to the book in transit, I would suggest a boxed shipment - it is an extra $1.00. Whether via padded mailer or box, we will give discounts for multiple purchases. International orders are welcome, but shipping costs are substantially higher. Most international orders cost an additional $12.99 to $33.99 for an insuredshipment in a heavily padded mailer, and typically includes some form of rudimentary tracking and/or delivery confirmation (though for some countries, this is only available at additional cost). There is also a discount program which can cut postage costs by 50% to 75% if you’re buying about half-a-dozen books or more (5 kilos+). Rates and available services vary a bit from country to country. You can email or message me for a shipping cost quote, but I assure you they are as reasonable as USPS rates allow, and if it turns out the rate is too high for your pocketbook, we will cancel the sale at your request. ADDITIONAL PURCHASES do receive a VERY LARGE discount, typically about $5 per book (for each additional book after the first) so as to reward you for the economies of combined shipping/insurance costs. Your purchase will ordinarily be shipped within 48 hours of payment. We package as well as anyone in the business, with lots of protective padding and containers. All of our shipments are sent via insured mail so as to comply with PayPal requirements. We do NOT recommend uninsured shipments, and expressly disclaim any responsibility for the loss of an uninsured shipment. Unfortunately the contents of parcels are easily “lost” or misdelivered by postal employees – even in the USA. That’s why all of our domestic shipments (and most international) shipments include a USPS delivery confirmation tag; or are trackable or traceable, and all shipments (international and domestic) are insured. We do offer U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail, Registered Mail, and Express Mail for both international and domestic shipments, as well United Parcel Service (UPS) and Federal Express (Fed-Ex). Please ask for a rate quotation. We will accept whatever payment method you are most comfortable with. If upon receipt of the item you are disappointed for any reason whatever, I offer a no questions asked return policy. Send it back, I will give you a complete refund of the purchase price (less our original shipping costs). Most of the items I offer come from the collection of a family friend who was active in the field of Archaeology for over forty years. However many of the items also come from purchases I make in Eastern Europe, India, and from the Levant (Eastern Mediterranean/Near East) from various institutions and dealers. Though I have always had an interest in archaeology, my own academic background was in sociology and cultural anthropology. After my retirement however, I found myself drawn to archaeology as well. Aside from my own personal collection, I have made extensive and frequent additions of my own via purchases on Ebay (of course), as well as many purchases from both dealers and institutions throughout the world - but especially in the Near East and in Eastern Europe. I spend over half of my year out of the United States, and have spent much of my life either in India or Eastern Europe. In fact much of what we generate on Yahoo, Amazon and Ebay goes to support The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, as well as some other worthy institutions in Europe connected with Anthropology and Archaeology. I acquire some small but interesting collections overseas from time-to-time, and have as well some duplicate items within my own collection which I occasionally decide to part with. Though I have a collection of ancient coins numbering in the tens of thousands, my primary interest is in ancient jewelry. My wife also is an active participant in the "business" of antique and ancient jewelry, and is from Russia. I would be happy to provide you with a certificate/guarantee of authenticity for any item you purchase from me. There is a $2 fee for mailing under separate cover. Whenever I am overseas I have made arrangements for purchases to be shipped out via domestic mail. If I am in the field, you may have to wait for a week or two for a COA to arrive via international air mail. But you can be sure your purchase will arrive properly packaged and promptly - even if I am absent. And when I am in a remote field location with merely a notebook computer, at times I am not able to access my email for a day or two, so be patient, I will always respond to every email. Please see our "ADDITIONAL TERMS OF SALE."

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