iJourneys Ancient Rome: The Coliseum, Roman Forum, and Capitoline Hill (Original Staging)
by Elyse Weiner
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We begin by seeing four eras of Rome's 2,000-year-old history all in one view. We ascend the Capitoline Hill with Michelangelo's harmonious Piazza; explore the prison where legend says St. Peter and Paul were held captive; walk through the Ancient Roman Forum, with the Roman Senate House, the House of the Vestal Virgins, and the Arch of Titus; and then on to the incredible Coliseum. See where gladiators fought and died. Learn how the ancient technology of pulleys and elevators and winches made for spectacular spectacles. We'll also: Walk where victorious Roman Emperors celebrated their triumphs See how 55,000 spectators filled the Coliseum in just a few minutes Mark the spot where Marc Antony delivered the eulogy for Julius Caesar Look at an ancient Roman apartment house See a Renaissance gem designed by Michelangelo Learn how lions and tigers sprang from under the floor of the Coliseum Stand at the spot where Vestal Virgins were buried alive for breaking their vows
This book took me to places and sights I'd missed on a previous visit. Insightful, filled with historical context, casual and friendly in delivery, I found it to enrich my trip to Rome in ways unanticipated. Many of the sights to which I was directed seemed to be ignored by other tourists - unseen, undiscovered. I felt as if I had my own personal guide, and an engaging one at that. I recommend this book. In addition, this audio guide was not interspersed with annoying "gong" stop signals that exist in some travel audio books. Ms. Weiner has the good, and less condescending, sense to suggest the listener "just hit pause". Elyse Weiner is a pleasing, easy-going reader, too, and this can make or break a book on tape.