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A History of Rome Hardcover – 30 Jun 2004


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  • Hardcover: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 3rd Edition edition (30 Jun. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405110848
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405110846
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 1.5 x 25 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,849,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for the third edition:

"Edition 3 maintains a good balance betweena general survey and a deeper analysis of Roman history, combining a traditional biographical and factual approach with thematic discussions of socio–political developments and institutions. I highly recommend all the new materials for both personal research and classroom use." Bryn Mawr Classical Review

"A History of Rome is a solid textbook. With a strong and topical vision of the city′s political, military and cultural history, the empire is brought firmly into the picture." Antiquity

Praise for the second edition:

"An easily approachable volume that leaves the reader with an understanding of the broader processes of Roman history and fulfils the authors′ aim to engender interest in the wider Roman world ... the book will be a valuable resource for students of Roman history and in doing so offers plentiful ground for further reflection on the enthralling history of a small town which became the capital of the greatest and most enduring empire history has known." Bryn Mawr Classical Review <!––end––>

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Spanning over 1,300 years, this popular history of Rome combines an overview of political events with a balanced analysis of social and economic change, and of religious and cultural life.


For the third edition, the book has been revised to incorporate a number of improvements:


  • Material on the formation of Rome has been updated to take account of the most recent research.
  • Coverage of Roman imperialism and the political world of the first century BC has been expanded
  • A new section on Roman spectacles, including gladiatorial combat and chariot racing, has been inserted.
  • A survey of the sources for Roman history has been added.

The new edition retains an emphasis on the importance of interpreting the varied source material, especially the literary evidence.


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Didier TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 11 Oct. 2007
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I'll readily grant this is an excellent history of this unique civilization, treating every aspect (social, political, cultural, religious, ...) in great detail and with a wealth of maps, time tables and family trees and such. However, be aware that it's not a book to simply read (with ongoing text in chapters, like for instance Tom Holland's "Rubicon") but rather a 'textbook' with lots of headings, sub-headings, bullit points and small paragraphs.

If you're eager to have a book on hand that'll allow you to quickly look up things this is excellent because it comes with an exhaustive index, but if you want a book on the history of Rome to snuggle up with in bed I'd go elsewhere.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Ferngrove TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Aug. 2008
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I came to this having waded through the immense but superb Penguin abridgement of Gibbons Decline and Fall. D&F is of course a literary masterpiece of the first order, but to the modern reader, the archaic language, sometimes downright impenetrable, cannot help but get in the way of the factual material being presented. Furthermore, the sheer overwhelming quantity of material makes it difficult for the newcomer to determine the critical from the detail.

I thus began to look for a book that would give me the whole story of Rome (assuming say the mythical foundation of 753 BC up to the sacking by Alaric in 410 AD). This title was the closest I could find to what I had in mind, and for sure it nearly succeeds. For the most part one feels one is being given the bones of the story, with a fair distribution of perspectives between the various colourful characters of the saga, plus the more nitty-gritty historic aspects, social, military, economic, religious, etc. But this sense of thoroughness seems to fall apart towards the end of the book. Specifically for the third and fourth centuries AD, when suddenly you feel that you are being given a mere sketch, and a very patchy one at that. Is this period not of interest to the Authors? Do the Authors simply despair of giving the same quality of treatment to an era made more complicated by clashes of religion, and the ever more internecine intrigues of the various courts? I can't know but the general impression was of something that had been excellent and exactly fulfilling my requirement, running out of steam as the finishing post came in sight. Hence four stars.

Another reviewer describes this being delivered as a set of dry bullet points or some such. I can't concur as the first four-fifths provide a vivid and engaging narrative.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. R. Philippe on 4 Mar. 2012
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This covers the history from the foundation to the decline. It is very readable and informative, giving a good insight into the social and political developments.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By normalfornorfolk on 24 Nov. 2013
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If you are an enthusiast about Rome and Roman hIstory, don't buy this book. I struggled half way through and gave up, - in fact I threw it away. It is boring and legalistic. One of the most intriguing and exciting periods of human history is reduced to a knee deep ploughing through the legalistic and religious makeup of the Roman Empire. Necessary for some ; but not for me.
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2 of 12 people found the following review helpful By elena_c@juno.com on 29 Dec. 2000
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The book by Cley Le about the History of Rome was easy to read and explained a lot about Roman culture, beliefs and traditions, as well as, the history behind the Roman Empire.
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