Title engraving of Piranesi's reconstruction of the Campus Martius, Rome
Title engraving of Giovanni Battista Piranesi's ambitious attempt to reconstruct on paper the Campus Martius (The Field of Mars), a flat area near the Tiber river whose military associations date back to the story of the founding of Rome by Romulus.
During the time of Republican Rome it was largely a marshy field, home to sporting events and a place where citizens gathered to vote. In Imperial times, it became crowded with monumental buildings and markets, including the Pantheon, the Theater of Pompey, and the Mausoleum of Augustus.
This volume is dedicated to British architect Robert Adam, who had become a friend and colleague during Adam's stay in Rome.
Note that Piranesi proudly identifies himself as a member of the Royal Society of Antiquarians of London.