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Ancient Rome and the Roman Empire Hardcover – 29 Mar 2001

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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (29 Mar. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563537787
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563537786
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 18.8 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,769,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
The time-line on the contents page provides a means os seeing at a glance what is contained in the four sections of the book that are entitled 'The Rise of Rome', 'The Empire Triumphant,' 'The Roman World' and 'Decline and Fall'. Because of its length, one cannot expect detailed treatment of any one topic but this is not the purpose of the author. What is provided is a sequence that runs from the earliest Greek settlements in Italy that preceded the foundation of Rome, through the early years of the establishment of the City , its expansion in the peninsula, its conquest of the lands that formed its empire and its decline and fall in 461AD. On the last two pages there is a gesture in the direction of the Eastern Roman Empire, known as the Byzantine Empire after the fifth century BC, but, apart from a fine coloured photograph of a mosaic, there is no further useful information in this section which is entitled 'The Legacy'. One of the most important features of the book is a large selection of coloured photographs, aalthough they are not listed for easy reference. A section at the back gives information of further reading with short, informative notes about the contents of each book. This volume is adequately indexed. The writing, as one would expect from Michael Kerrigan, is clear, easy-going and scholarly. For anyone looking for a concise account of Rome and its Empire, it is difficult to suggest anything better than this account.
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I reccommend this book as a first read on Roman history. This book is a cover to cover read, and suits even people like me who don't have lots of time to study or read. You can read through the story to get the overall picture of the events before possibly going deeper into an area of interest in other books or when visiting Rome or sites. The photos illustrate the text and have good informative captions. The text is clear and you will learn quickly. A nice book and great value.
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