Robert Hughes was born in Australia in 1938. Since 1970 he has lived and worked in the United States, where until 2001 he was chief art critic for Time, to which he still contributes. His books include THE SHOCK OF THE NEW, THE FATAL SHORE, NOTHING IF NOT CRITICAL, BARCELONA, GOYA, THINGS I DIDN'T KNOW and ROME. He is the recipient of a number of awards and prizes for his work.
Starting on a personal note, Robert Hughes takes us to the Rome he first encountered as a hungry 21-year-old fresh from Australia in 1959. He then takes us back more than 2,000 years to the city's foundation, one mired in mythologies and superstitions that would inform Rome's development for centuries.