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This month’s best historical reads
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“Telling the entire story of a city is always a challenge, but particularly when that city is Rome”

Rome: Eternal City

Head of Zeus, £30, hardback, 648 pages

Telling the entire story of a city in a concise, meaningful way is always a challenge, but particularly when that city is somewhere as steeped in history as Rome. Ferdinand Addis solves this problem by adopting the in-vogue trend of using episodic vignettes – vantage points from particular moments in time that help reveal the larger narrative across hundreds of years. And, of course, one advantage of chronicling somewhere as storied as Rome is that you’re not short of incident: from genius artists to dramatic demises and plotting politicians, there’s plenty here to enjoy.

Rome as it looked in the 1890s, with St Peter’s in the distance and the Castel Sant’Angelo on banks of the River Tiber
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