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  • 4 Nov 2022
    James Grantham Turner

    When is a Villa like a Hawk?

    The Renaissance theorist and architect Leon Battista Alberti imagined houses as living beings: when they are happy they welcome you to their ‘bosom’, the central hall; when they are badly sited they feel humiliated, ‘enjoying no dignity’ and ‘taking no pleasure’. Gendered as feminine, the building loves to ‘gaze out’ at her surrounding landscape, ‘both […]

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  • 10 Sep 2020
    I. P. Haynes, L. Bosman, P. Liverani

    The Remarkable Basilica of Saint John Lateran

    By any standards, the Archbasilica of St John Lateran in Rome is a remarkable place. The world’s first cathedral, and the seat of the Pope; it is known as the mater et caput, the mother and head, of all churches in the Catholic World. This status comes as a surprise to the many who assume […]

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  • 8 Aug 2018
    Eugene J. Johnson

    Inventing the Opera House

    The opera house is one of the most successful new building types of modern times. Found all over the world, opera houses usually have three major features: private boxes stacked vertically around an open, central space; an orchestra pit; and a deep stage to hold elaborate scenery. Each of these features has its own history. […]

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  • 28 Oct 2016

    Into the Intro – Rome: An Urban History from Antiquity to the Present

    Spanning the entire history of the city of Rome from Iron Age village to modern metropolis, this is the first book to take the long view of the Eternal City as an urban organism. Beatrice Rehl, editor of Rome: An Urban History from Antiquity to the Present, tells us more...

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  • 28 Nov 2014

    The Roman Wall

    After the success of his 1851 book on The Roman Wall, in 1863 John Collingwood Bruce (1805–92) published this shorter work, intended as 'a guide to pilgrims journeying along the Barrier of the Lower Isthmus'.

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