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Climax of Rome (History of civilisation) Paperback – Apr 1974

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Cardinal Books; New edition edition (April 1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0351165347
  • ISBN-13: 978-0351165344
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,155,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A history of ancient Rome which spans the period AD 161 to AD 337, from the accession of Marcus Aurelius to the death of Constantine. Grant argues that the period, despite being tainted by internal strife, was one of military achievement and flourishing civilisation.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Martin White on 16 Jan. 2010
Grant's early career was with the British Council and a number of universities but he became chiefly known as a freelance populariser of ancient history through the writing of dozens of books. In this book, as with 'The World of Rome,' its predecessor, the narrative history is dealt with in a few pages, the state (the history of which is a deepening of military dictatorship) and aspects of society receive more extended treatment but the bulk of the effort is devoted to writers, philosophers, architecture, art, beliefs and religion. The detail of his knowledge is staggering and, although you can get bogged down in this kind of stuff, it is all tied together quite well. And I learned a lot, especially about the law, the popularity of novels, the extent of the practice of astrology, the importance of sun-worship, how Italy became fairly peripheral to the Empire and Rome's own importance mainly symbolic, how Constantine's actions were as much the capturing of Christianity by the state as vice versa.

So, not a 'story' of Rome that just goes from the beginning to the end, outlining major events and so forth, but a really helpful look at what Rome was really like, the institutional, cultural and military developments that took place over a long period, what people believed and how they lived.
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