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Ara Pacis, Italy

Richard Hodges visits architect Richard Meier’s new building that encloses the Ara Pacis, the monument to peace erected by Emperor Augustus

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The Medici Conspiracy

This is a gripping read of conspiracies between dealers and major museums that have been going on for decades, but now – only now – are being uncovered. The book reads like a thriller with Robert Hecht being the principal villain of the piece, but Sotheby’s, the Getty, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and […]

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The Medici Conspiracy

Peter Watson and Cecili Todeschini Public Affairs Books £15.99 This is very much a Cowboys and Indians sort of book chronicling the trial of Giacomo Medici in Italy in 2003 with lots of provocative headlines such as ‘Collectors are the real looters’. Peter Watson is a former writer for the Sunday Times and the book […]

Riccardo Francovich

Richard Hodges interviews Professor Francovich, leading exponent of Medieval Archaeology in Italy

Terracina

Terracina, Italy

Richard Hodges sends his missive from a constellation of sites lying south of Rome, notably Terracina and Sperlonga

Pompeii the Living City

At Pompeii, an election was in full swing when it was rudely interrupted by Vesuvius. Election slogans are everywhere, over 3,000 of them, which is a bit of a surprise considering that Rome by this time was supposed to be an Empire which had lost its ‘freedom’. This however, is surely one of the secrets […]

Blow to Nero’s Palace

Nero’s palace has been forced to close after rain in December 2005 threatened to bring down part of the building

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