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A Nice & Light Read,
This review is from: The Enemies of Rome: From Hannibal to Attila the Hun (Hardcover)
I wouldn't recommend this book to a specialist in the field, nor even to someone with a sound general knowledge of the history of Rome. But, to anyone who is just beginning to explore this huge subject, I'd say that this nice, light read will go down well and have them hankering for more.
Briefly, the author sketches short biographies of some of the most notorious figures in the Empire's history, starting with Hannibal and ending with Attila the Hun. Despite the relative brevity of each portrait, I think readers will be able to engage with each 'character' in a way that isn't really possible with most of the heavier, academic-type books. Notably, the author also avoids that tiresome critisism and revisionism thing that bedevils far too many books on this subject, only ever introducing doubt about his ancient sources in a constructive and unobtrusive manner.
This is uncomplicated, straightforward and non-controversial stuff.
As I say, this is ideal for the generalist, armchair historian interested in the basics and could even provide the stimulus for really 'getting serious' about Roman history too.