In the Name of Rome chronicles the major periods throughout Roman history, from early republic to late empire. Goldsworthy does this in a series of sections, each devoted to a particular period. The writing itself is detailed, yet it does not bombard the reader with too much information. The text is indeed saturated, but reading it is a pleasure. The diagrams which intersperse the text are informative, and easy to comprehend. A word or two about the content is also necessary to highlight why In the Name of Rome is such an excellent book in general, and as a resource. Goldsworthy blends the actual happenings of the campaigns with the political background, giving a wide overall picture of the "climate" at the time. These are all important traits for any book. In the Name of Rome is special, in my mind, because of its versatility and accessability. It can be read by anyone, for almost any purpose, be it for study of for pleasure. For those with an interest in this period of history or for those studying the Roman Republic and Empire then I would definitely recommend this title. I hope this has been of use - cheers, Simmo.
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