Rome is fondly known as the Eternal City, and surely no metropolis in the world better reflects the history of humankind’s ambition and ingenuity. At every turn, visitors and locals come upon marvels of ancient engineering that continue to awe: generous roads, vaulting domes, immense baths and amphitheatres, winding aqueducts, and gravity-defying bridges. Adriano La Regina describes the raison d’être and the continuing influence of a variety of ruins along the Appian Way and elsewhere, including Nero’s Golden Pavilion and the Caesars’ palace in this celebration of Roman achievement and its continuing importance to civilization.
Adriano la Regina, born in 1937, lives in Rome where he is a Professor at the Università degli studi di Roma la Sapienza in the Department of Archaeology. From 1976 to 2004, he was the superintendent of antiquities for the City of Rome. He promoted the restoration of the arches of Titus, Settimio Severo, Costantino, the Trajan columns and the columns of Marcus Aurelio, the Roman Forum, the imperial residence of Palatino, la Domus Aurea, the Coliseum, the Baths of Caracalla and the Appian Way.