Piranesi's reconstruction of a map of the center of Imperial Rome
In 1756, Giovanni Battista Piranesi published a four volume set of folio volumes documenting ancient buildings in Rome, entitled Antichità romane.
Piranesi was a dedicated early archaeologist in the sense that he sought to discover the reality of classical Rome and publish his findings as accurately as possible. This is his reconstruction of a map of the center of Imperial Rome, including the Forums, triumphal arches, statues, the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and the Circus Maximus, still known and loved by tourists today. Each structure is identified in an index in the following pages.