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Audio Guide to the Pantheon in Rome and Its Remarkable History, Architecture, and Art

Fourteen centuries after it was built, Michelangelo said that the Pantheon 'must have been designed by angels, not humans.

Indeed, the Pantheon is one of the most influential masterpieces of architecture ever, anywhere. Having witnessed and withstood 2,000 years of history, it is testimony to the brilliance and endurance of Western civilization.

With its traditional portico and pediment in front, and the massive dome soaring over a cylindrical sanctuary behind, the Pantheon is perhaps the most celebrated monument in the world. It is unique in its grandeur, the genius of its construction, and its state of preservation.

With Jane guiding you through the Pantheon, you will be immersed in the mystery, meaning and the eternal principles of this ancient monument. You will learn:

  • What part Anthony and Cleopatra played in the history of the Pantheon
  • Why for almost 1,900 years this `temple to all the gods was attributed to Agrippa (who died in 12 B.C.), when it was actually built by Emperor Hadrian, circa 127 A.D.
  • How such a massive, un-reinforced, poured-concrete dome was built a feat never accomplished before or since and why there is a huge hole in the roof
  • Why - while other buildings of the Roman Empire disintegrated into ruins - the Pantheon remained standing
  • How and why the wall of the rotunda is so much higher outside than it is inside, and why we see windows on the exterior but none on the interior
  • How the Pantheon expressed the religious and cultural beliefs of the Roman people, what it signified 2,000 years ago, and what it signifies now; and
  • Why Raphael an artist was the first person to be buried in the Pantheon, and what archeologists found when his tomb was opened 300 years later.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Fiona | 2/20/2014

    " Wonderful re-tellings, indispensable Introduction and Notes (after reading each myth I flipped to the back and read its corresponding note, which never failed to improve my enjoyment of the story.) A great book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Brenna | 2/18/2014

    " Excellent retelling of the original stories, and a great introduction to the Norse myths and cosmology. Crossley-Holland translated them himself from the original sources and provided extensive notes for each tale. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Thom | 2/15/2014

    " I have always enjoyed diffrent mytholgy, from greek, to roman and norse. This was a good read for me because I enjoy the subject matter. However it wasnt fantastic in anyway and was a more or less average read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mary | 2/14/2014

    " I loved the stories! This book gave me a good knowledge of Norse mythology. "

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