- Hardcover: 334 pages
- Publisher: OUP Oxford (22 May 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0198150792
- ISBN-13: 978-0198150794
- Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 2.3 x 22.2 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,652,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Empire of Honour: The Art of Government in the Roman World (Hansard Society Series in Politics) Hardcover – 22 May 1997
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With the excellent book here under review, Jon Lendon has refined this whole discussion. He adroitly and cogently delineates an aspect of Roman mentality ... a read, and a really important contribution. He begins to show us the precise ways in which the Romans' socially-oriented mentality affected directly, constantly, and thoroughly the gritty day-to-day business of running an empire ... If we make of Lendon's book a garden, then it is one both beautiful and luxuriant. It is, in fact, a garden that must be visited by anyone interested in understanding how the imperial Romans governed their empire. (Michael Peachin, Bryn Mawr Classical Review)
There is no doubt that Lendon describes a central feature of the way in which the inhabitants of the Roman Empire thought. (The International History Review)
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Unrepentantly a book for experts, yet written with a verve and sheer joy in language that makes it accessible to the more casual reader. As Lendon begins: "On what was to be the last day of his life, the Emperor Nero awoke to find that the palace sentries had abandoned their posts." The reader is--on some level at least <g>--in for a wild and glorious ride from that point forward!
Whether the author himself would appreciate this or not, this book would do well in the library of the fantasy role-playing expert, looking to build a convincing scenario around a "Gladiator" style setting!
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