The most comprehensive anthology of writings by visitors to the eternal city ever compiled. Witty, profound and endlessly entertaining. Drawing on French, Italian, Spanish, English and American sources, many hitherto neglected, Ronald Ridley has compiled an endlessly vivid and thought-provoking collage-portrait of Rome through the centuries, illustrated with over 200 images and published in three elegant volumes: The Middles Ages to the Seventeenth Century, The Eighteenth Century and The Nineteenth Century, each complete with full index and bibliography.
Ronald T. Ridley first taught at the University of Sydney, then at the University of Melbourne, retiring in 2005 from a personal chair. His research interests concentrate on Egyptian and Roman history, historiography and archaeology. He is the author of some fifteen books, including a history of Rome, a translation of Zosimus, biographies of Bernardino Drovetti and Carlo Fea, and The Eagle and the Spade (the archaeology of Rome 1808-1814). He is a Fellow of the Antiquaries' Society, the Royal Historical Society, the Pontifical Academy of Roman Archaeology, and the Australian Academy of the Humanities.