ROMA ARCHEOLOGICA & RESTAURO ARCHITETTURA: Prof. James E. Packer & Prof. Arch. Gilbert J. Gorski, ‘The Roman Forum: A Reconstruction and Architectural Guide,’ Cambridge University Press, pp. i-xxi & pp. 1 – 431, (May 31, 2015).

ROMA ARCHEOLOGICA & RESTAURO ARCHITETTURA: Prof. James E. Packer & Prof. Arch. Gilbert J. Gorski, ‘The Roman Forum: A Reconstruction and Architectural Guide,’ Cambridge University Press, pp. i-xxi & pp. 1 – 431, (May 31, 2015).

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* Nota: per il lettore italiano – questo libro è disponibile solo in inglese. Ma, in anteprima del libro e il suo contenuto è disponibile in Google books. Le nuove ricostruzioni digitali colorate del foro romano sono le migliori opere finora, “ma anche vividamente portare [il Foro Romano] torna alla vita.” * M. G. Conde [03|2015].

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“…Imperial Rome appears to be a golden, semi-mythical city filled with splendid monuments whose ruins still regularly attract hordes of annual visitors. Yet these tourists see only battered walls,fragmentary pavements, broken columns and piles of marble fragments mutely recalling past grandeur but giving little reliable information on the layout and visual or propagandistic effects of the originally elaborately decorated buildings. (…) Consequently, most visitors to Roman sites still rely either on simplified guide books or on ‘local’ professional guides who may or may not give their audience accurate (if limited and strictly verbal) information about the sites visited.”

Prof. James E. Packer, Digitalizing Roman Imperial architecture in the early 21st century: purposes, data, failures and prospects. JRAS 61 (2006), pg. 309 & 312 [of pages 309-320].

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…His [Prof. Packer’s] interest in the monument [of the Forum of Trajan] was sparked in 1972,[1] while he was preparing to guide some Northwestern University [Illinois, USA] alumni on a tour of Rome, little had been published about the forum, he found. This did not surprise him. He had just finished his dissertation of the archaeological records of Ostia, the ancient port of Rome, and “it was extraordinary how much little had been done on Ostia,” [2] he says. “So it was not surprising that the same situation existed in Rome.” In fact, all of the Imperial Forums were “kind of forgotten” – collapsed, buried and hard to get into, he says.’ In a sense, Dr. Packer’s had been preparing for much of his life to play a role in the uncovering a key part of Roman history. “Ever since I was a child, I have been fascinated by Roman buildings,” he says. “I wanted to have something to do with them, but for a long time I wasn’t sure what.” As a boy, he made three-dimensional models of such buildings as the Forum of Pompeii, the Pantheon at Ostia, and the Round Temple of Baalbek in Lebanon. Growing up in Williamsburg, Virginia he was impressed by the town’s architecture. “My mother said, ‘if you like neo-classical architecture, wait until you see the real thing.’” Certainly the Forum of Trajan bore her out.’[2] & [4].

Notes: 1,2,3, & 4 in, see: ROMA ARCHEOLOGICA & RESTAURO ARCHITETTURA: Prof. James. E. Packer, (ed. it.), Il Foro di Traiano a Roma. Breve studio dei monumenti (Roma 2001). “[Prof. Packer] Passeggiata virtuale nel Foro Romano [e Traiano],” LA STAMPA (02|01|1998), p. 17.

Prof. James. E. Packer, (ed. it.), Il Foro di Traiano a Roma. Breve studio dei monumenti (Roma 2001). "[Prof. Packer] Passeggiata virtuale nel Foro Romano [e Traiano]," LA STAMPA (02/01/1998), p. 17.

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Prof. James E. Packer & Prof. Arch. Gilbert J. Gorski, ‘The Roman Forum: A Reconstruction and Architectural Guide,’ Cambridge University Press, pp. i-xxi & pp. 1-431, (May 31, 2015).

BOOK DESCRIPTION – The Roman Forum was in many ways the heart of the Roman Empire. Today, the Forum exists in a fragmentary state, having been destroyed and plundered by barbarians, aristocrats, citizens, and priests over the past two millennia. Enough remains, however, for archaeologists to reconstruct its spectacular buildings and monuments. This richly illustrated volume provides an architectural history of the central section of the Roman Forum during the Empire (31 BCE–476 CE), from the Temple of Julius Caesar to the monuments on the slope of the Capitoline hill. Bringing together state of the art technology in architectural illustration and the expertise of a prominent Roman archaeologist, this book offers a unique reconstruction of the Forum, providing architectural history, a summary of each building’s excavation and research, scaled digital plans, elevations, and reconstructed aerial images that not only shed light on the Forum’s history but vividly bring it to life. With this book, scholars, students, architects, and artists will be able to visualize for the first time since antiquity the character, design, and appearance of the famous heart of ancient Rome.

TABLE OF CONTENTS. Table of Contents available in Text and PDF.

PDF = Table of Contents courtesy of Prof. James E. Packer (31|03|2015), cited from: Prof. James E. Packer & Prof. Arch. Gilbert J. Gorski, ‘The Roman Forum: A Reconstruction and Architectural Guide,’ Cambridge University Press, pp. i-xxi & pp. 1 – 431, (May 31, 2015).

PDF = Table of Contents courtesy of Prof. James E. Packer (31|03|2015), cited from: Prof. James E. Packer & Prof. Arch. Gilbert J. Gorski, ‘The Roman Forum: A Reconstruction and Architectural Guide,’ Cambridge University Press, pp. i-xxi & pp. 1 – 431, (May 31, 2015).

REFERENCES. References available in Text

INDEX. Index available in PDF.

Fonte | source:

Prof. James E. Packer & Prof. Arch. Gilbert J. Gorski, ‘The Roman Forum: A Reconstruction and Architectural Guide,’ Cambridge University Press, pp. i-xxi & pp. 1 – 431, (May 31, 2015).

http://ebooks.cambridge.org/ebook.jsf?bid=CBO9780511894640#ref-top

Foto | Fonte | source:

Foto: Actual cover foto courtesy of Prof. James E. Packer (31|03|2015), and cited from: Prof. James E. Packer & Prof. Arch. Gilbert J. Gorski, ‘The Roman Forum: A Reconstruction and Architectural Guide,’ Cambridge University Press, May 31, 2015 (Google eBook) [03|2015].

https://books.google.com/books?id=e_RhBwAAQBAJ&source=gbs_navlinks_s

s.v.,

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Note: A very special thank you to both Prof. James E. Packer and Prof. Arch. Kevin Sarring, they were kind enough to meet with me here in Washington DC in late October 2009, prof. Packer more then generously shared with me the outline of his preliminary work for the current book: ‘The Roman Forum: A Reconstruction and Architectural Guide (2005); M. G. Conde [03|2015]
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— ROME ARCHAEOLOGY & RESTAURO ARCHITETTURA: THE ROMAN FORUM – Prof. James E. Packer & Prof. Arch. Gilbert J. Gorski, “The Roman Forum: A Reconstruction and Architectural Guide,” Cambridge University Press (forthcoming [2014]), Pp. 550. Foto: Prof. James E. Packer, scholars and students visiting the Forum of Trajan in Oct. 2013.

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— ROMA ARCHEOLOGIA e RESTAURO ARCHITETTURA: Prof. James E. Packer, Il Foro di Traiano. Breve studio dei monumenti | Prof. Packer, una lezione affascinante in inglese sul Foro di Traiano Roma (10|2013). [ENGLISH] VIDEO YOUTUBE [1:00:13].

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— ROMA ARCHEOLOGIA & RESTAURO ARCHITETTURA: Prof. James Packer,”Digitizing Imperial Rome: A computerized Approach to the Architectural History of the Roman Imperial Forum.” James Packer, Professor Emeritus Northwestern University (2010).

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— ROMA ARCHEOLOGICA & RESTAURO ARCHITETTURA: PROF. ANDREA CARANDINI, “IMAGO URBIS – Lazio , Roma e Suburbio,” LA SAPIENZA UNIVERSITA` DI ROMA | Arcus S.p.a | SSBAR (2015). Review of “ATLANTE DI ROMA ANTICA, Vol. I & II (2013),” by: T. P. Wiseman & J. E. Packer (2013).

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— ROMA ARCHEOLOGICA & RESTAURO ARCHITETTURA: Roma – I Fori Imperiali (1995-2008). The Forum of Trajan. Excavations & Related Studies (1998-2008). Prof. James. E. Packer, (ed. it.), Il Foro di Traiano a Roma. Breve studio dei monumenti (Roma 2001). [04|2008].

Roma – I Fori Imperiali (1995-2008). The Forum of Trajan. Excavations & Related studies (1998-2008). Prof. James. E. Packer, (ed. it.), Il Foro di Traiano a Roma. Breve studio dei monumenti (Roma 2001).

— ROMA ARCHEOLOGIA e RESTUARO ARCHITETTURA: James E. Packer, Report from Rome: The Imperial Fora, a Retrospective [Relazione da Roma: I Fori Imperiali, una Retrospettiva]. AJA 101, April 1997, [PDF] 307-330. *
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