The Atlas of Ancient Rome book cover


Biography and Portraits of the City

Edited by Andrea Carandini
With a new preface by the editor

“The ancient city is seen at a distance, such that it may be taken in at a glance, but also up close, where we can observe specific portions of its terrain, its periods, and its phases, all the way down to the scale of a single monument. Rome is a mass of materials and therefore a solid reality, but one that moves and flows with time like a river of stones.”—Andrea Carandini

The Atlas of Ancient Rome provides a comprehensive archaeological survey of the city of Rome from prehistory to the early medieval period. Lavishly illustrated throughout with full-color maps, drawings, photos, and 3D reconstructions, this magnificent two-volume slipcased edition features the latest discoveries and scholarship, with new descriptions of more than 500 monuments, including the Sanctuary of Vesta, the domus Augusti, and the Mausoleum of Augustus. It is destined to become the standard reference for scholars, students, and anyone interested in the history of the city of Rome.

The Atlas of Ancient Rome is monumental in scope. It examines the city’s topography and political-administrative divisions, trade and economic production, and social landscape and infrastructure—from residential neighborhoods and gardens to walls, roads, aqueducts, and sewers. It describes the fourteen regions of Rome and the urban history of each in unprecedented detail, and includes profiles and reconstructions of major monuments and works of art. This is the only atlas of the ancient city to incorporate the most current archaeological findings and use the latest mapping technologies.

Authoritative and easy to use, The Atlas of Ancient Rome is the definitive illustrated reference book on Rome from its origins to the sixth century AD.


  • Fully updated from the Italian edition to include the latest discoveries and scholarship
  • Features a wealth of maps, illustrations, and 3D reconstructions
  • Covers Rome’s topography, economy, urban infrastructure, and more
  • Includes profiles of major monuments and works of art
  • Draws on the latest archaeological findings and mapping technologies
  • Twenty years in the making by a team of leading experts


Preface to the English language edition Andrea Carandini

Rome in Flight and Rome in freefall Andrea Carandini

The information system of Ancient Rome Paolo Carafa

Geomatic methodologies for referencing of archeological information Mattia Crespi, Ulisse Fabiani

1. The natural landscape Giorgio Urzu, Maurizio Parotto

2. The historical landscape Andrea Carandini, Maria Cristina Capanna

3. Infrastructure Daniela Bruno, Dunia Filippi, Gabriel Cifani, Paolo Carafa, Maria Cristina Capanna, Marcello Turci

4. The necropoleis Daniele Manacorda

5. Goods in Rome Clemintina Panella

6. The end of the ancient city Riccardo Santangeli Valenzani

7. The Romans’ ruins Massimiliano Papini

Appendix I. The building techniques Sara Bossi

Appendix II. The orders of architecture Patrizio Pensabenem Enrico Gallocchio

The route taken and why

Region VII. Forum Romanum Magnum Dunia Filippi

Appendix. The reconstruction of the Imperial Forums Fabio Cavallero, Alessandro Delfino, Valeria Di Cola

Region X. Palatium Daniela Bruno

Region IV. Templum Pacis Fabiola Fraioli

Region III. Isis et Serapis Fabiola Fraioli

Region V. Esquiliae Fabiola Fraioli

Region II. Caelimontium Giada Fatucci

Region I. Porta Capena Sarah Gozzini

Region XII. Piscina Publica Chiara Bariviera

Region XIII. Aventinus Fabiola Fraioli

Region XI. Circus Maximus Chiara Bariviera

Region VI. Alta Semita Maria Cristina Capanna

Appendix. Domus and horrea along vicus Patricius Mirella Serlorenzi, Simona Morretta, Giovanni Ricci, Rosy Bianco

Region VII. Via Lata Maria Cristina Capanna

Region IX. Circus Flaminius Maria Teresa D’Alessio

Appendix. The sacred area of Largo Argentina Francesco De Stefano

Region XIV. Transtiberim Paolo Carafa, Paola Pacchiarotti

Appendix. The Basilica and Memorial of St. Peter Francesco De Stefano


Index of tables
Edited by Chiara Fanelli, Maria Cirstina Capanna



An Abridged Table of Contents [PDF] pdf icon

Introduction [PDF] pdf icon – Rome in flight and Rome in freefall, Andrea Carandini

Sample Chapter [PDF] pdf icon – Region IX. Circus Maximus, Chiara Bariviera

Atlas of Ancient Rome [PDF] pdf icon sampler.


“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


“This two-volume work is a magnificent achievement. The Atlas of Ancient Rome will prove essential from now on for all study of the city of Rome.”—Andrew Wallace-Hadrill, author of Rome’s Cultural Revolution