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Aspects of Roman History AD 14-117
on 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.