3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A great account of early Rome,
This review is from: The Beginnings of Rome: Italy and Rome from the Bronze Age to the Punic Wars (c.1000-264 BC) (The Routledge History of the Ancient World) (Paperback)
Not everyone agrees with the trust Cornell puts in the source material (for example, A Critical History of Early Rome: From Prehistory to the First Punic War by Gary Forsythe), although I think that his arguments have been steadily gaining support (particularly his assertion that, whatever their accuracy, the sources remain relevant because they show what educated Romans themselves believed). That said, the book is intelligent, thorough, well researched, and extremely readable. It holds your interest from start to finish.
I personally think that he's right on many points -- he's certainly created hypotheses that need answering, made a significant contribution to the field, and set a useful framework for future research. But don't take my word for it -- buy the book and make up your own mind! If you disagree with his ideas -- well Cornell's an academic and welcomes enlightened debate!
The Beginnings of Rome: Italy and Rome from the Bronze Age to the Punic Wars (c.1000-264 BC) (The Routledge History of the Ancient World)(3 customer reviews)