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TOP 50 REVIEWERon 10 October 2012
I came across a reference to this book in another, and was interested enough to investigate further; and I'm glad I have purchased and read this book. It offers a very up to date, and very informed, yet succinct overview of the period between the death of Augustus and Tiberius' succession, and the death of Trajan in 117; followed by chapters outlining aspects on Society, The economy, Administration, The Roman army and military policy, Women, Provinces and culture (Romanisation and Hellenisation), and Religion over the same period. The author is a Lecturer in Roman History at the University of London, so the book is very much geared at what someone studying (or a general reader keen to know more about the period) would want to understand and concentrate on.

Although there are very few notes citing sources or explanatory indicators as to interpretations given on some matters, there is a very good list of further reading. Overall, this is a very good book - scholarly, yet uncluttered; while some interpretations are (as in all Roman history) open to dispute, these are not investigated in great detail here, which allows for the student to gain a clear idea on what seems to be the most likely interpretation available, at least based on current scholarship. Further and broader reading can of course assist in offering further interpretations of source material and the period under discussion.

This is a highly recommended, very readable book.
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on 11 October 2010
This book gives you a concise overview of the period. It helps you make sense of the policies of the first emperors without the unnecessary verbosity of some historians. There is also a review of the economy and society at the end of the book. I can only recommend it.
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on 27 February 2011
I am an undergratuade student of classics...with a 2 year old toddler, so rummaging through endless books and journals to look up information can be exhausing, time consuming and quite boring! This book is fantastically written and gives a clear and captivating insight to the period of AD 14-117. It has helped me understand and revise the subject content of my lectures and has been of incredible value towards helping me with the key points of my essay. A MUST HAVE for any student of classics or anyone with an interest in Roman History.
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on 24 April 2014
GREAT quality, only two marks in the entire book and very helpful for my A2 Roman course, thanks a bunch!
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on 3 May 2016
Nice book, my daughter is using it for her A level studies and finds it useful.
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on 19 July 2008
I am So glad I read this book. I study Roman History (Under prof. Alston). when he first mentioned buying his book we all thought it was a bit of a cheek! But honestly the book is pretty much the first year course.

so If your studying classics at RHUL,and haven't given your self much revision time (or have missed most of the lectures due to drunkeness etc) definately worth a read! Alternatively If you'd rather avoid three years spent somewhere between drunk, hungover, and the library just buy the book... plus; whats £20.89 compared to £1000's in debt?!
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