From humble beginnings, Rome became perhaps the greatest
intercontinental power in the world. Why did this historic city
become so much more influential than its neighbor, nearby Latium,
which was peopled by more or less the same stock? Over the years,
historians, political analysts, and sociologists have discussed
this question ad infinitum, without considering one
underlying factor that led to the rise of Rome--the geology now
hidden by the modern city.
This book demonstrates the important link between the history of
Rome and its geologic setting in a lively, fact-filled narrative
sure to interest geology and history buffs and travelers alike. The
authors point out that Rome possessed many geographic advantages
over surrounding areas: proximity to a major river with access to
the sea, plateaus for protection, nearby sources of building
materials, and most significantly, clean drinking water from
springs in the Apennines. Even the resiliency of Rome's
architecture and the stability of life on its hills are underscored
by the city's geologic framework.
If carried along with a good city map, this book will expand the
understanding of travelers who explore the eternal city's streets.
Chapters are arranged geographically, based on each of the seven
hills, the Tiber floodplain, ancient creeks that dissected the
plateau, and ridges that rise above the right bank. As an added
bonus, the last chapter consists of three field trips around the
center of Rome, which can be enjoyed on foot or by using public
Subjects: Geology, History
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