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A sweeping history of the city of Rome, seen through the eyes of its most significant sackings, from the Gauls to the Nazis and everything in between.

No city on earth has preserved its past as Rome has. Visitors can cross bridges that were crossed by Cicero and Julius Caesar, explore temples visited by Roman emperors, and step into churches that have hardly changed since popes celebrated mass in them sixteen centuries ago.

These architectural survivals are all the more remarkable considering the many disasters that have struck the city. Rome has been afflicted by earthquakes, floods, fires and plagues, but most of all it has been repeatedly ravaged by roving armies. From the Gauls to the Nazis, Matthew Kneale tells the stories behind the seven most important of these attacks and reveals, with fascinating insight, how they transformed the city – and not always for the worse. Using this entirely new approach to Rome's past he unveils how it became the city it is today.

A meticulously researched, magical blend of travelogue, social and cultural history, Rome: A History in Seven Sackings is a celebration of the fierce courage, panache and vitality of the Roman people. Most of all, it is a passionate love letter to this incomparable city.

'A masterpiece of pacing and suspense' Sunday Times

'Fascinating… A delight' The Times 'Book of the Week'

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 9230 KB
  • Print Length: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books; Main edition (19 Oct. 2017)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B072J92RM5
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled

Customer Reviews

Rome through the ages.

 on 15 January 2018
By Justin M. Nicholson
This is a highly informative and entertaining book. The title might suggest that it is a military history, but rather it presents portraits of the city of Rome at seven times in its lengthy history. The connecting theme is that at each of the seven times described, Rome was invaded or occupied by a foreign army, from the time of the Republic in the 3rd Century B.C. up to World War II. So, yes, there is a little bit of military activity, but mainly the book provides information about the city and its inhabitants; where they lived, how they lived, what they wore, what they ate, how they smelled!,and so on. Also evident is the author’s affection for Rome, warts and all. Of great interest is no matter how much of its history has been lost, so much still remains, as any visitor will confirm. I’m very glad I read this book.

Rome breathes

 on 15 December 2017
By Beau Fort
Now here is Rome’s history presented in a readable form, like a novel. Bravo Matthew Kneale: you obviously love Rome and you appreciate that the Seven Sackings made this extraordinary city what it is.

Dense and intense

 on 2 June 2018
By Athan
Author Matthew Kneale serves as a truly enthusiastic guide through the history of his adopted home city, Rome. With three thousand years to take you through, he faces an important problem: he needs to “choose his battles;” he truly stands no hope of both telling the whole history and keeping your interest.

Do read this

 on 10 February 2018
By charlie
An intriguing ‘take’ on the history of – arguably – the world’s most significant city. It works – though I found the narrative could jump about a little, which was disorientating; some tightening-up in the editing process would have helped. Nevertheless, a gripping read (It’s uncomfortable to learn in the final pages how much the city we see today owes to Mussolini).


 on 11 February 2018
By Roz Bailey
A gripping and meticulously researched read from start to finish.

Accessable history for all

 on 15 February 2018
By gilld
A most readable history book telling the reader of the history of Rome in bit sized chunks of time. A must read for those who have fallen in love with Rome. The writing style is relaxed in nature and promotes an understanding of the times Mr Kneale is telling us about.

Too condensed?

 on 19 March 2018
By Edward B. Crutchley
Remarkably informed, with some surprising information, this highly readable book provides plenty of detail at a furious pace. I wonder, however, if it is not a little too condensed.

Five Stars

 on 9 January 2018
By Amazon Customer
As described.


 on 3 March 2018
Fascinating book for anyone with a love for Rome.


 on 12 March 2018
By Floralloon
Much enjoyed by the recipient
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