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The Romans: An Introduction (Peoples of the Ancient World)

The Romans: An Introduction (Peoples of the Ancient World) [Kindle Edition]

Antony Kamm , Abigail Graham
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'Based on the book 'The Romans: An Introduction' by Anthony Kamm, this site is packed with nearly 70 pages of information, supported with insightful illustrations and images. The site also features 47 interactive quizzes to test your knowledge along the way... A well designed and easy-to-use site which covers a full range of topics.'


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`... this is a sound introduction to the Roman world and a handy quick-reference book.'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5147 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
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  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (13 Aug 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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3.0 out of 5 stars Buy it used. 21 Feb 2010
By Pam
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The title is exact, in that this is only an introduction and the illustrations are very few.
I liked the book but I expected more for the price. I would recommend buying this book used for far less.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent introduction to Roman history 30 April 2006
By Suzanne Cross - Published on
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Antony Kamm has developed a solid reputation for being able to synthesize masses of material and make it understandable to the reader. This book is no exception, taking the reader from the legends of Rome's founding to the last pseudo-Emperor, Romulus Augustulus, and the roughly 800 years in between. Nor does Kamm ignore the details of daily life, education, sex and marriage, food, money-lenders, games, and more that made up this rich and unique culture. A fine place to start, as shown in his title of THE ROMANS: AN INTRODUCTION.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A SOLID INTRODUCTION 2 Mar 2009
By Kay's Husband - Published on
I have been purchasing books on the Romans prior to my college studies and minor in history in the mid-1960's. Unless one has a certain author in mind, it can be very difficult to find a good, solid introductory book in this field. One of the better ones for me and one of the first I purchased was THE CIVILIZATION OF ROME by Pierre Grimal, however since that book is long out of print, this book, THE ROMANS, would be my next choice.

Will this 1995 book make you an expert on Rome, hardly that, but the average reader will come away with an umbrella knowledge encompassing aspects of the social, cultural, cosmological, art, and architecture, among other items, one could seemingly go on further, but the salient point being, read this book and you will receive a good, solid introduction to the Romans. This volume could be, and possibly is, used in some '101' introductory courses at the college level. As most people know, introductory courses are only basic survey courses, and this book more than fills a cursory requirement for an inspection of these people and their times.

If one is looking for a intro to the Romans a reader cannot do much better than Kamm's book for there are not too many introductory books in print available at the moment. I have my eye on a newer book due out in March, 2009, entitled THE ROMANS by Kevin McGeough but have yet to receive my advance copy. So for now I will still rely Professor Kamm's book.

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2.0 out of 5 stars author not a Romanophile 5 Jun 2014
By Ingela - Published on
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It took me a while to figure out what annoyed me about this book. The information was not factually incorrect, the topics discussed should have been interesting, it is clearly a decent reference book. However, somehow it wasn't an enjoyable read. As I went along I began to realise that what is wrong with this book is that the author doesn't seem to like Romans very much. He doesn't seem to despise them either, but there is a distinct lack of admiration for the achievements of the Romans which is actually rather unusual in a book such as this. If an author has gone to the trouble to write a book about the Romans, he or she is likely to be genuinely interested in Romans themselves. However Kamm has a dispassionate and almost disinterested approach which is annoying for a reader such as myself, who greatly admires the achievements of the Romans. It did occur to me that perhaps the author was Christian, until I did little more digging and realised he is probably Jewish (his surname and one of his other titles, which is about Israelites, suggest this), which may go towards explaining his lack of enthusiasm for Roman culture. If you are interested in an anthropological look at the Romans I suggest reading Shelton's "As the Romans Did" instead, which is far more engaging and informative all around. Shelton obviously admires the Romans and really tries to understand the way the Romans thought - Kamm is clearly not greatly interested in this. He merely summarises what other academics have to say in a concise manner, which is useful but not inspiring.
5.0 out of 5 stars Too expencive! 20 Jan 2014
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Great book! It is way to expensive new, but this was offered at a reasonable price! Thank you! :) :)
4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A comfortable read, admirably illustrated 25 Sep 1999
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Kamm has written a compulsively readable and highly instructive volume on Ancient Rome. He is a talented writer and a great teacher.
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