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A History of the Roman People [Paperback]

Allen M. Ward , Fritz M. Heichelheim , Cedric A. Yeo

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5 Nov 2002 0130384801 978-0130384805 4

For one/two-semester survey courses in Roman History.

This 4th edition of the popular text continues to provide a comprehensive analytical survey of Roman history from its prehistoric roots in Italy and the wider Mediterranean world to the dissolution of the Roman Empire in Late Antiquity in A.D. 600. Clearly organized and eminently readable, its explanatory narrative of major political and military events provides a chronological and conceptual framework for the social, economic, and cultural developments of the periods presented. Major topics are treated separately so that students can easily grasp key concepts and ideas.

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The Fourth Edition of History of the Roman People builds upon the strengths of the previous editions to provide readers with a fascinating journey from prehistoric Italy and the origins of Rome to the final collapse of the Roman imperial order with the death of the Emperor Maurice (A.D. 602). Centered on a traditional political and military narrative core, this text also presents in-depth coverage of Rome's social, economic, and cultural life and, drawing on current scholarship, provides explanations of major trends and developments.

New to the Fourth Edition:
  • Expanded treatment of Early Rome's origins in the wider context of the Mediterranean World
  • Fuller coverage of Rome's involvement in the East from 133 B.C. to A.D. 96
  • Thoroughly revised chapters on the Julio-Claudian, Antonine, and Severan dynasties and the complexities of the third century A.D.
  • Additional maps and illustrations; updated bibliographies; more cross-references in the text

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Standard Survey Of The Roman People 13 April 2001
By Elyon - Published on
As a previous reviewer has noted, this is the standard text for any survey study of the Roman state and people. Well and concisely written, this is the place to start for anyone seeking a broad review of the history of the Roman state, from its legendary and archeological inception to the last days of Justinian. Clearly organized and, unlike some other books written to satisfy the requirements of the undergraduate classroom, presented in a style that will satisfy both the casual as well as historically trained reader, this text broadly and completely covers the essential events, figures and characteristics of the social, political, cultural and military developments that define the Roman civilization from its birth in legend to its political decline and transformation during the rule of the Dominate, eventually evolving into the Romanized societies and political entities that were to define and characterize the early Middle Ages. If there is any criticism that can be leveled at this work, it is only regarding the price, though if you visit your local university bookstore, it is likely you can find a clean used copy at a cost more commensurate with what should be expected.
25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Outstanding General Survey 14 Jun 2000
By Jason C Governale - Published on
A History of the Roman People is the standard edition, upper division Roman history textbook. Although Heichelheim et al omit serious discussion of particular source problems and fail to provide any analysis of current scholarly debate, the authors achieve their objective-- a clearly written, factual, and "user friendly" survey of Roman history. This is a great introductory text, and will provide the novice historian with a solid understanding of Roman civilization-- From the foundation of the City to the Death of Justinian the Great.
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Start Here 11 July 2002
By Glenn McDorman - Published on
This is the most complete, concise, and up-to-date survey or Rome from c.1000 B.C. to c.600 A.D. Along with the standard political, military, and legal narrative comes several chapters detailing Roman thought, religion, economy, agriculture, families, technology, and art. Useufl maps are abundant in this edition. Don't be awed by the price tag -- it is well worth it.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive 30 Jan 2002
By Amazonbombshell - Published on
I'm an undergraduate student of history, anthropology, and classics, so this book is merely one of my assigned texts for an obligatory course. I was a bit worried (and a bit more when I saw the price tag), but I found myself pleasantly surprised by this book.
Before you buy it, realize that it is, first and foremost, a textbook, so it is written in a scholarly fashion and has plenty of (relatively common) references to periods of time (e.g. Bronze Age, Paleolithic), historical persons not covered in great detail within the text, etc. Also realize that if you want a comprehensive, detailed, and -- best of all -- interesting overview of Rome from its earliest known inhabitants (circa 1200 B.C.E.) through Justinian (circa 600 C.E./A.D.), this is a great place to get it. Highly recommended.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear; perfect balance of detail and swiftness. 28 May 2005
By Timothy Doran - Published on
I have assigned this book to my students who uniformly praise its clarity. It is as easy to read as a college history book can be without being weak and "lite." I cannot imagine how they condensed this so skillfully. I think it would be fine for an honors high school class as well. One of its many virtues is the extremely clear boldface section and paragraph headings which make it easy for me to assign my students to read selectively if necessary. There is plenty of "cultural" (non-military, non-political) material as well as a few well-chosen pictures. This book is practical and efficient without being dumbed down or watered down.In addition, unlike certain books often assigned in Roman civilization courses, there is no visible political bias here, right or left. The emphasis is on comprehensibility of main events, themes, etc. I would recommend it not only for Roman history courses but also for Roman civilization courses since students really do want a chronological framework and some detail on politics, in my experience at least.
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