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4.0 out of 5 stars A great book for the basics, 14 July 2003
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This review is from: Augustan Rome (Classical World Series) (Paperback)
As a first time classics student I found this book of great use. It covers topics clearly and includes interesting facts that are often overlooked in lectures. The book covers the period from the battle of Actium right through the reign of Augustus and covers all of the major areas of importance to a historian, namely slavery, women, religion, art, politics and more besides. However the main fault of this book is that it is poorly laid out. The chapter headings are vague and there is no index so you often have to do a lot of reading before you find what you are looking for. I would highly recommend this book to a general reader, or an A-level/first year university student. However beyond the first year of university it is of little value as it is too basic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction; highly enjoyable and readable, 29 Jun 2012
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This is one in a series of books which explores in relatively short books the culture and achievement of Greece and Rome. The books offer concise introductory and interpretative material on their particular topic - in this case, Augustan Rome. The author, Andrew Wallace-Hadrill, is the author of several books on Roman subjects, and seems to be quite an authority on the subject. He describes this book, not as a narrative of the period but as an interpretative essay covering 31 BC - AD 14. Political changes, which were many and complex in this period, are set into the Roman world as a broader canvas. Although first published in 1992, this book is still lively and relevant, and Roman history of the period, confusing and complex as it is, is brought to an understandable level in this brief book.

This is an extremely readable and thought-provoking book on the times of Augustan Rome; from the importance of the Battle of Actium to the man and his myth, how he "restored" the Republic (but to what?), his links with divinity and the dynastic manouvres. Highly recommended as an introduction to Augustus and the Rome he tried to build.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful, 13 Mar 2014
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A helpful book for anyone wanting to learn about Augustus, is simple and easy to understand but also has some more complex ideas and thoughts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Augustan Rome: Wallace -Hadrill, 22 Jan 2014
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This is a very easy read, not turgid and offers some penetrating insights about the end of the republic and transformation to empire.
If you want something that will give you an excellent over view and not be so dry it sends you to sleep then I would recommend this. .
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4.0 out of 5 stars pretty good, 3 Oct 2013
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Needed it for my uni course, and was a great help throughout. Decent price, which is good since we needed it for the course rather than it just being somewhat helpful.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, 17 Feb 2012
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Made a lot of sense and was relevant to the AS Ancient History course I was studying at the time. Explains points well and was quite concise. Diagrams and illustrations were useful and to the point. Well-written with a level of English which neither bored nor confused the reader. Overall, a good introduction for people who are new to studying Augustan Rome.
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