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3.0 out of 5 stars Skimpy essay, 25 Jun. 2012
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This is really an extended essay with Boris using his memories from his Classics degree to illustrate his theory that the Roman Empire was the aspirational blueprint for subsequent, less successful, european empires. Along the way we learn a little, but not much, roman history. For historians of the Roman Empire, they will learn nothing ; for the general reader interested in the period, there is very little here. Boris writes in any easy style, with his usual amusing tone. His main point, surprise, is that the EU is the latest manifestation of a yearning to reinvent the Roman Empire. He makes comparisons, points up the similarities and differences of The empires that follow Rome. Some of these are pretty strained. And what of the empires he doesnt mention - Austro-Hungarian for example? Or Ottoman? And what of empires outside Europe., uninfluenced by Rome. No doubt there are features common to many empires, European or not, and to ascribe all these feature to a desire, thwarted or not, to emulate Rome, would be bonkers, Boris. Its an amusing enough light read, available very cheaply now second hand, and its worth a little time reading but also only a few pennies buying
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