Andrea Carandini is professor emeritus of archaeology at La Sapienza University of Rome. He has supervised some of the most important archaeological excavations in Rome and was instrumental in the discovery of the ancient Palatine Wall and the earliest phase of the Sanctuary of Vesta. He is president of the Italian National Trust. His many books include Rome: Day One (Princeton).
"An original and remarkably complete portrait ... give[s] a marvellous picture of the evolution, complexity, and decline of the ancient city."--James E. Packer, Journal of Roman Archaeology "Magnificent ... an impressive monument of historical outreach."--T. P. Wiseman, Journal of Roman Studies