Friday, November 11, 2016

Read: Venice: A New History

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Title: Venice: A New History
Author: Thomas F. Madden
Publisher: Penguin Books (2012)

Someone I know recommended this book. Coincidentally, in July 2016, I visited Venice for my second time, and it was very appealing to read the book. The first chapter was still enticing. By the second chapter, I realized I had limited knowledge of European history. Nevertheless, eager to learn something new, I set myself the challenge to complete the reading of the book.

While I cannot claim that I am a master of Venice's history, I could at least claim that I have read this book and have a sense of how Venice has changed over the ages. The rise and the fall of Venice is an intriguing story.

This book reveals the Origins of Venice. Essentially, the earliest Venetians were Romans. Venice was built from refugees fleeing from the fall of the Roman Empire. Perhaps the next time that I would reread this book again would be when I next visit Venice. By that time, I would have a deeper understanding of Venice.

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