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L' anfiteatro di Milano e il suo quartiere
Anna Ceresa Mori
I found this book by chance, browsing through the archeology section at Feltrinelli in Milan.

I was actually looking for books on the Golasecca civilization. They didn't have any (interestingly enough, the only books I found so far about that area are by Jaca Books).

I read this book jumping from one end of the book to the other. It definitely wasn't a novel, but I enjoyed the insight into the day-to-day activities that the research conducted on every inch of substratum soil of the Piazzale Vetra and Sant'Eustorgio. In some instances it was even moving, as in the case of the "stele" commissioned by a dead gladiator's wife, who died at 22, leaving her and two daughters behind.

Two interestig facts I learned from this book were: The presence of many burial sites around the old city, and how pottery used in the monastery attached to Sant'Eustorgio reflected monastic phylosophies and status over the centuries.

The unfortunate thing, of course, is that Milan has been devastated by many invasions (including that of contemporary developers) so that what's left is not much.
Entered on: Wednesday, January 12th, 2005 at 12:43.
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