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Ancient Rome, the Rise and Fall of an Empire Hardcover – 14 Sep 2006

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (14 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563493607
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563493600
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.2 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 348,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for "Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire": "This is a history of Rome that combines vivid drama and a gripping storyline with a keen alertness to bigger historical questions, and to the challenges of drawing a clear narrative thread out of the evocative, but complicated and diverse, ancient evidence." - Mary Beard, from the foreword. "Lively and well-researched: an excellent read" - Peter Heather, author of "The Fall of the Roman Empire".

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An accessible and highly entertaining single-volume history of Ancient Rome --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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116 of 119 people found the following review helpful By Alan J. Stedall VINE VOICE on 5 Oct. 2006
I found it very difficult to put this book down.

Simon Baker takes a refreshingly novel approach to describe the centuries-long panoply of the rise and fall of the greatest empire the world has ever known.

Instead of plodding through the subject, the author chooses a number of critical events upon which the fate of the empire turned. He devotes a chapter to each of these events and commences each chapter by describing the circumstances surrounding the event; circumstances which often sound bafflingly inexplicable. He then narrates the story of the build-up that led to the event. As such, each chapter is an absorbing and fascinating story in its own right.

Baker writes in an engaging and unpretentious style and has managed to produce a book that is at once both exciting and educational; a difficult task to pull off.

Stepping back from the detail, I think the author does full justice to the Ancient Romans: A brave, clever, determined and brutal people, whose accomplishments and historic remains leave us astounded nearly two millennia later.

Well recommended.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A. R. Wilkinson on 25 Feb. 2007
This is the best history book I have ever read. It presents some key periods in Rome's history in detail, and fleshes out the history and context in between these key episodes. The style is light but informative. The author organizes a lot of material in a truly impressive way, pacing the story with skill - it's a real page turner and has none of the pompous dryness that afflicts many history books. Strongly recommended.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Andy on 23 Jun. 2007
For anyone interested in the Rome, its leaders and the Roman period, and like me ignorant of the facts that lead to its rise and fall. This a most enjoyable and informative book, full of facts that are easy to take in. Therfore I suggest if you have the slightest interest in Rome and the Roman period in history you go and buy this book.

I could not put this book down, finding it riveting and informative this book I rate high on my list as an excellent read.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Marcus Beard on 17 May 2007
I was given this book at Christmas. I was immediately hooked on it as it presents Roman history in an interesting way. I have always been interested in Roman history so was great for me. All the information is presented in a easy to understand way, so that even if you have never read anything to do with Ancient Rome you will be able to read this with ease. There is an abundance of information that will greatly expand anyone's knowledge . The book has obviously been researched and a lot of time has been put into it. I awarded this book Five Stars as it is a very good read and I think you will not be able to put it down.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Penny Ginieczki on 28 Sept. 2006
I bought this book after seeing the BBC 1 programme, (which starred Michael Sheen as Nero - he was brilliant and barking) This book is truely fascinating... it really brings the Roman world to life. In many ways the book is more rewarding than the TV series because it explores this alien world in the detail it deserves. The book takes you through the big moments in Roman history but it doesn't feel like you are reading a solemn history book. The ancient Romans leap off the page - these were not distant people but immediate larger than life figures making big, difficult decisions. As someone with little prior knowledge, if you felt that life was too short to read loads about the Romans and that there was one book to read on the subject i'd recommend this one... it read more like an episode of the west wing or some political thriller than what I imagined Roman history was going to be like... And in the end I had a vivid picture of Roman history.
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