Scipio, Caesar, Augustus, Nero, Marcus Aurelius… what was the secret to their power? And the famous Republic, was it really democracy? How were the legions structured? What was life like in Rome? Who exactly were the slaves, the gladiators and the barbarians? What caused the mighty Empire to finally fall?
The Handbook is a comprehensive summary of the history of ancient Rome, from its humble beginnings to the fall of a dominant empire. It is organized in a totally new format that makes it understandable and easy to scroll. The book is made up of brief paragraphs with a clear focus on events, put into their political and social context. Using the internal links in the text you can quickly return to key passages and characters, clarify unfamiliar words and go deeper into the political, military and social aspects of events. With more than 500 photographs all linked to Google Maps, the Ancient Rome Handbook couples the historical facts with the places where they actually occurred, making it a truly unique historical guide for an archaeological exploration of Rome. There is no shortage of curiosities and anecdotes, but the Handbook never veers from the facts and is always reliably historical.
Luisa Maesano was born and raised in Rome. She soon started working in tourism and traveled constantly throughout Europe for a number of years. Having passed the qualifying examination to become an official tour guide, she stopped traveling and started working exclusively in Rome. Over the past twenty years she has been showing the historical and artistic heritage of her city to visitors from around the world. She loves her job: she enjoys Rome and she comes into contact with a wide variety of different people and cultures almost every day. At times she also gets the chance to meet the rich and famous from show business, sports, politics and governments and companies large and small. She is passionate about history and studied Historical Sciences at “Roma Tre” University, specializing in ancient Rome. The profession of tourist guide and continuous contact with what remains of the ancient city have been a constant stimulus to continue her studies and researches: whenever she comes across a new monument or archaeological dig, she likes to try to figure out why and by whom that particular work was built in that given historical moment. A never ending quest which led her to drafting the Handbook.