This is one of a series of books dealing explicitly with the History of Ancient Rome from first beginnings to the decline of Empire and beyond. Each book deals with a date range which closely matches those used in the classic Cambridge Ancient History series which of course has a much wider remit. The Edinburgh series is quite explicitly a straightforward narrative history as opposed to the Cambridge series where the treatment is much more thematic. As such this series forms a well written, readable and satisfyingly detailed introduction to the subject, and being published only recently have the (presumed!) additional benefit of incorporating the latest thinking and research. I am reading the Cambridge series as well, but am reading the Edinburgh series first just to get a good grasp of general chronology, major events, significant characters etc. The Edinburgh series is an excellent introduction and approach to what is becoming an increasingly complex subject. I have bought two more volumes from the series and copied this review for each of them.