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A History of Architecture: Settings and Rituals

by Spiro Kostof Gregory Castillo

When the late Spiro Kostof's A History of Architecture appeared in 1985, it was hailed as a masterpiece--one of the finest books on architecture. The New York Times Book Review, called it "a magnificent guided tour through mankind's architecture."

Rome

by Spiro Kostof Rabun Taylor Rinne Katherine Wentworth

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. Three thousand years old and counting, Rome has thrived almost from the start on self-reference, supplementing the everyday concerns of urban management and planning by projecting its own past onto the city of the moment. This is a study of the urban processes by which Rome's people and leaders, both as custodians of its illustrious past and as agents of its expansive power, have shaped and conditioned its urban fabric by manipulating geography and organizing space; planning infrastructure; designing and presiding over mythmaking, ritual, and stagecraft; controlling resident and transient populations; and exploiting Rome's standing as a seat of global power and a religious capital.

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