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Geomorphology of Rome

2020 - Sapienza Università Editrice

xvi, 194 p.

  • For what reasons did the founders of Rome settle on the Seven Hills? What processes generated the steep hills overlooking the Tiber? Why was the majestic Circus Maximus built between the Aventine and the Palatine? This volume answers these and many other questions, showing how the geomorphological and geological characteristics of the physical geography of Rome conditioned both the initial settlement choices and the growth of one of the most important cities for the development of civilization. By analysing the current configuration of the topographic surface, and tracking its modifications over the centuries this volume brings out hidden aspects of many surprising landforms, particularly interesting for both researchers and for the future management of the urban territory.
  • In this way, the reader is offered the possibility to add depth to their understanding of the immense cultural heritage of Rome. In addition, some tourist itineraries are suggested that reveal the landforms of the physical landscape in the times of Romulus and Remus. Maurizio Del Monte is Professor of Geomorphology and Environmental Geology and Head of Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. [Publisher's text]
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