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Ancient Rome and the Modern Italian State


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Table of Contents

List of figures; Preface; Acknowledgements; Structure of the Book; 1. Placemaking: an introduction; 2. Ideological placemaking: narratives and agents (1870-1945); 3. Post-unification placemaking (1870-1922); 4. Reclaiming historical identities of four classical monuments; 5. The fascist placemaking of four classical monuments (1922-1945); 6. The fascist ideological placemaking: new architecture; 7. Afterword; References; Index.

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Using Rome as a case study, this book examines how architecture and urbanism can be used to construct national identity.

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Alessandro Sebastiani is Assistant Professor of Roman Archaeology at the University at Buffalo (State University of New York). His research interests span from the Etruscan to the medieval periods, with a focus on the archaeology of Roman Tuscany. He is a former Marie Sklodowska-Curie Intra European Fellow at the University of Sheffield and has participated in numerous excavation projects across the Mediterranean. Most recently, he has been directing the Interconnected Mobility of People and Economy along the River Ombrone (IMPERO) Project in Etruria.


'Alessandro Sebastiani's book is a riveting account of Rome's transformation at the turn of the 20th century and during the ventennio. It marshals a vast number of sources and produces a gripping panorama of statesmen, trailblazing archaeologists, and visionaries, as they sought to reconcile a monumental past with their vision for Rome.' Andrea U. de Giorgi, Professor of Classical Studies, Florida State University
'Alessandro Sebastiani's book deals with the transformation of Rome at the turn of the 20th century in an original and innovative way, especially in the analysis of the passage (and of the elements of continuity despite the diversity of the context) between ideological instances of post-unification liberal Italy and those of the fascist regime.' Riccardo Santangeli Valenzani, Professor of Urban Archaeology and Medieval Archaeology, Roma Tre University

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