A History of Rome Hardcover – 30 Jun 2004
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Praise for the third edition:
"Edition 3 maintains a good balance betweena general survey and a deeper analysis of Roman history, combining a traditional biographical and factual approach with thematic discussions of socio–political developments and institutions. I highly recommend all the new materials for both personal research and classroom use." Bryn Mawr Classical Review
"A History of Rome is a solid textbook. With a strong and topical vision of the city′s political, military and cultural history, the empire is brought firmly into the picture." Antiquity
Praise for the second edition:
"An easily approachable volume that leaves the reader with an understanding of the broader processes of Roman history and fulfils the authors′ aim to engender interest in the wider Roman world ... the book will be a valuable resource for students of Roman history and in doing so offers plentiful ground for further reflection on the enthralling history of a small town which became the capital of the greatest and most enduring empire history has known." Bryn Mawr Classical Review <!––end––>
From the Back Cover
Spanning over 1,300 years, this popular history of Rome combines an overview of political events with a balanced analysis of social and economic change, and of religious and cultural life.
For the third edition, the book has been revised to incorporate a number of improvements:
- Material on the formation of Rome has been updated to take account of the most recent research.
- Coverage of Roman imperialism and the political world of the first century BC has been expanded
- A new section on Roman spectacles, including gladiatorial combat and chariot racing, has been inserted.
- A survey of the sources for Roman history has been added.
The new edition retains an emphasis on the importance of interpreting the varied source material, especially the literary evidence.See all Product Description
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If you're eager to have a book on hand that'll allow you to quickly look up things this is excellent because it comes with an exhaustive index, but if you want a book on the history of Rome to snuggle up with in bed I'd go elsewhere.
I thus began to look for a book that would give me the whole story of Rome (assuming say the mythical foundation of 753 BC up to the sacking by Alaric in 410 AD). This title was the closest I could find to what I had in mind, and for sure it nearly succeeds. For the most part one feels one is being given the bones of the story, with a fair distribution of perspectives between the various colourful characters of the saga, plus the more nitty-gritty historic aspects, social, military, economic, religious, etc. But this sense of thoroughness seems to fall apart towards the end of the book. Specifically for the third and fourth centuries AD, when suddenly you feel that you are being given a mere sketch, and a very patchy one at that. Is this period not of interest to the Authors? Do the Authors simply despair of giving the same quality of treatment to an era made more complicated by clashes of religion, and the ever more internecine intrigues of the various courts? I can't know but the general impression was of something that had been excellent and exactly fulfilling my requirement, running out of steam as the finishing post came in sight. Hence four stars.
Another reviewer describes this being delivered as a set of dry bullet points or some such. I can't concur as the first four-fifths provide a vivid and engaging narrative.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This covers the history from the foundation to the decline. It is very readable and informative, giving a good insight into the social and political developments.Published on 4 Mar. 2012 by Amazon Customer
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