Eyewitness to Old St Peter's
Maffeo Vegio's ‘Remembering the Ancient History of St Peter's Basilica in Rome,' with Translation and a Digital Reconstruction of the Church
- Christine Smith, Harvard University, Massachusetts
- Joseph F. O'Connor, Catholic University of America, Washington DC
- Author: Maffeo Vegio
Old St Peter's Basilica in Rome stood for over eleven centuries until it was demolished to make room for today's church on the same Vatican site. Its last eyewitness, Maffeo Vegio, explained to the Roman hierarchy how revival of the papacy, whose prestige after the exile to Avignon had been diminished, was inseparable from a renewed awareness of the primacy of Peter's Church. To make his case, Vegio wrote a history founded on credible written and visual evidence. The text guides us through the building's true story in its material reality, undistorted by medieval guides. This was its living memory and a visualization of the continuity of Roman history into modern times. This volume makes available the first complete English translation of Vegio's text. Accompanied by full-color digital reconstructions of the Basilica as it appeared in Vegio's day.Read more
- Offers the first complete and annotated English translation of Vegio's account of Old St Peter's Basilica
- Provides a digital reconstruction of Old St Peter's Basilica
- Places the arguments of Vegio in the context of intellectual, liturgical, and political changes of Renaissance Rome
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- Date Published: June 2019
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9781108750899
- contains: 53 colour illus.
- availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
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