* Maps * Chronology * Introduction *1. Myths and Origins *2. Imperial Visions *3. The New Rome *4. Ritual Forms *5. Urban Noise *6. Decadence and Decline *7. From Spritz to Pink Floyd * Appendix 1: Doges of Venice * Appendix 2: Visiting the Piazza * Suggestions for Further Reading * Acknowledgements * List of Illustrations * Index
Iain Fenlon is Professor of Historical Musicology at Cambridge University.
[Readers] will find much to enjoy in this elegant and informative little book, which focuses on the historical and cultural center of Venice, the Piazza San Marco... The changing face of the square over the ages and the evolution of the social rituals and practices carried out on its premises form the core of this authoritative treatment, but [Fenlon] also provides valuable commentary on what to see and do when visiting the square. -- Brad Hooper Booklist 20090915 Edited by classicist Mary Beard, the Wonders of the World book series from Harvard University Press offers architecturally oriented views of various sites, ranging from the Alhambra to the Parthenon to St. Peter's. The attractive books are hand-sized, cloth-bound, and illustrated with maps, photographs, engravings, and elevations, making them ideal for the armchair traveler. Architectural Record 20091201 Though not strictly modern-well, not modern at all, really-the Wonders of the World series of books from Harvard Universtiy Press remains my favorite ongoing run of architectural tomes. Classicist Mary Beard is the series editor, and each of these trim volumes takes up the subject of a particular building. Ranging from Stonehenge to The Parthenon to The Temple of Jerusalem, imagine these scholarly works as biographies of buildings... [You should] race to add the newly released Roman Forum and Piazza San Marco to your collection. -- Aaron Britt Dwell.com