A History of Rome

A History of RomeThis Magisterial Survey, Spanning Over , Years, Is Widely Acclaimed As The Best Single Volume History Of Rome The Second Edition Incorporates A Number Of Improvements Including New Subject Sections And Maps, Expanded Coverage Of Key Chapters, And Updated Resource And Bibliographic Material Incorporates A Number Of Improvements, Many Of Which Have Been Suggested By ReadersProvides Extensive Treatment Of Key AreasIncludes Completely New Sections To Cover Subjects Omitted From The First EditionContinues To Include Extensive Illustrative Material Plates, Tables, Chronologies, And Maps Including Two New OnesA Comprehensive Index Will Ensure The Book Is Now Easier To Use Please Visit Our Roman History Website At Http Blackwellpublishing Cherry For On Line Resources, Details Of Related Books, And A Unique Cross Reference Tool To Help You Make The Best Use Of The Roman World A Sourcebook And A History Of Rome

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  • Paperback
  • 592 pages
  • A History of Rome
  • Marcel Le Glay
  • English
  • 20 February 2018
  • 9780631218593

10 thoughts on “A History of Rome

  1. says:

    Keeping abreast with scholarship over 4 editions, this is a solid introduction to Roman history for college students.A textbook that is the definition of a textbook dry, factual, comprehensive, nowhere in depthI don t claim to be omniscient on Ancient Rome, but this is a perfect start for the organized novice Past that stage, you start snoozing or skipping sections for want of noveltynot endearing as a reference work in the long term.

  2. says:

    A descriptive book about Roman history, though sometimes it is too detailed, and sometimes too dry But all in all a great place to start to learn about Rome I also want to add that I read it as part of my studies at University, so for me this book was part of my history studies.

  3. says:

    Even though this book covers a great deal of time and territory it does a wonderful job of providing a survey type of understanding of Rome from its founding The divisions are very helpful with timelines, maps, and blocks set apart for specialized information that makes it easy to read I would say that if you wanted to learn about Roman Republic and Empire in a general sense before deciding what part of its history you wanted to study that this would be the book to start with.

  4. says:

    History is the topic on which the most number of books are reviewed in this blog So, it is embarrassing for me to admit that I am yet to read a complete history of the Roman Empire from start to finish Familiarisation with the world s oldest superpower has been in bits and pieces from the descriptions in other books which deal with only a part of the story One of my pet projects to review the entire unabridged version of Toynbee s A Study of History is nearing completion and the next logical step is to try Gibbon s History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire , considered by scholars to be the best historical work in the English language A primer is hence absolutely necessary on Roman history and that s the relevance of this volume This book is aimed on students rather than casual or serious readers and is said to be the best single volume history of Rome All three authors were eminent professors of history at the prominent universities in France.The first part of the volume describes the story of the Roman state from its origins to the establishment of a continent spanning Empire The transition to the Empire was from a republic but not in the modern sense The post revolutionary emergence of democracy in the western world brought with it new political structures Fundamentals of the modern republic are obviously borrowed from the ancient institution, but the difference is also profound In history, only the voice of the well to do was heard in the decision making body The poor, artisans, women, slaves and inhabitants of annexed territories didn t possess any role to play in the functioning of the republic Rome was administered first by kings and then changed over to the oligarchic control by patricians, which lasted for nearly four centuries Voice of the people, as it was often called, didn t translate to enlightenment in foreign policy and matters of military conflicts Carthage paid dearly for the capriciousness and avarice of Roman senators, who were captivated by the riches of Carthage in the Third Punic war The Republican regime destroyed Carthage, destroyed its magnificence, sold its people to slavery and took effective measures to ensure the city would never rise up again to become a challenge to Rome This is a clear illustration of the fact that political enlightenment is a product of the age and not related to the development of an institution that looks like modern, at least in paper The first Triumvirate comprising Julius Caesar, Pompey and Crassus set in motion a chain of events that undermined the republic and which were brought to completion by the Second triumvirate, consisting of Octavian, Lepidus and Mark Antony When Octavian defeated Mark Antony at the battle of Actium in 31 BCE, the republic vanished from the face of Earth.Rome as we know, it is said to have ended in 410 CE, with the Goths sacking the city which was ripe for any adventurous barbarian with sufficient means to try his luck on the capital city, already weakened and disintegrated from within due to schism in the political and cultural fields The birth of Constantinople as a rival to the eternal city marked a shift in the centre of gravity to the east Paganism s eventual decline is noteworthy in this era Christianity suffered much in the form of persecutions in the early period, but the vitality of a new religion carried them forward, drawing sustenance from the blood of martyrs, and not yielding an inch in theology and ecclesiastical practices We also see that the curious spectacle of the roles of the persecutor and the persecuted interchange between paganism and Christianity After Constantine accepted Christianity and the later Christian Emperors made practice of paganism illegal, Christians pounced on their pagan rivals with as little compassion and tolerance they had received from them, when the pagans were on the ascendant Constantine s intellectual backwardness is brightly illustrated by the remark that he was a man with a narrow forehead, but a powerful jaw Being a text book for students, this is to be treated only as a starting point on the initiation of serious reading on a particular theme of Roman history The authors have included a number of personalities and events to ensure comprehensiveness, rather than stopping to explain them in detail The book includes a good many monochrome images of Roman ruins and art which provide much interest A chronological table, a comprehensive glossary and a commendable index adds value to the text It provides a fine list of Roman and Greek writers and suggests an impressive list of books for further reading Originality is clearly lacking in the ideas expressed in the volume, but that is hardly something one would look for in a book, meant as a text book for students Illustrative maps of the various periods in Roman history are much worthy of adding to one s own collection.The book s historicity is undermined by referring to Jesus as a historical character Without second thoughts on the foundation on reality of the extraordinary claim they are about to make, the book states that Near the end of Tiberius reign, a man named Jesus died on the cross in Jerusalem The prefect of the province of Judaea, Pontius Pilate, whose existence is attested by an inscription, very probably submitted a report on the matter to the Emperor, but it appears that no echo of this local news item reached wider circles in Rome p.232 Here, the authors rely on the existence of a local governor to weave a story to conform to their religious beliefs Pilate, who was real for sure, is said to have very probably submitted a report to his capital city But it didn t cause any echo there Why If the Bible is to be believed, Jesus died on the cross, but was resurrected on the third day This incident has such a terrific news value as to rivet the attention of the Emperor and the entire state On the contrary we don t even have evidence of such a report See the heap of unanswerable questions generated by linking a religious belief which has no evidence on reality to a historical character This moral debauchery on the part of a historian is unpardonable The book s authenticity falls by a notch due to this unfortunate episode.The book is highly recommended.

  5. says:

    I think everyone who knows me know that I love history Even so, this book was one of the most dry, tedious things that I have ever read This book exhibits exactly what the problem is with the way that history is taught in schools today It was page after page of unpronounceable names, meaningless dates, and useless terminology There was not even the slightest attempt at making history a continuous flow, connecting the dots or making it interesting with narrative In addition, the author seemed to focus the most extensively on the most complex and boring aspects of history such as economics and population numbers Mind numbing The only reason it gets even two stars is because it contains some good material that I can use as a reference later when bare facts and figures are needed Lots of information no presentation.

  6. says:

    This is a general history of Rome meant, I believe, for use in schools as a textbook It s written that way anyway, so it s rather dry.The strength of the book is in the early going when it provides a great deal of pre history to the empire, pretty much all of which I was unfamiliar with Another strength is that the authors mostly refuse to speculate, so this is likely an accurate history, not one that thrives on biased ancient accounts or on inventing motives for historical actors.But the book has two major weaknesses, even though it has been updated it The first is that it is very much a survey, despite it s length Everything is general and it merely touches on every era The second issue is that, as the history approaches the rise of Byzantium, everything is dealt with rather cursorily.Anyway, I d never read a history of Rome before, so I m glad I did.

  7. says:

    An impressive piece of historical scholarship by numerous Roman historians, this fourth edition expanded and updated is an excellent treatment to the history of Rome From prehistoric Italy, to the complex workings that led to the collapse of the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century A.D I thoroughly enjoyed this text, as it helped me formulate my historical understanding of 1st century Christianity namely, with a proper understanding of the Roman Empire as the backdrop An enjoyable read for the historian or layman alike.Brent M McCulley 10 17 13

  8. says:

    A great beginning to end text of Roman history I ve read quite a bit of Rome in my days in pieces However this was the first complete overview I ve had Nothing spectacular, but solid and thorough just enough to help choose a specific topic for my next read of Rome.

  9. says:

    Un excellent manuel d histoire romaine, clair, ambitieux.

  10. says:

    Une excellente synth se de l histoire romaine, des fondations la dislocation de l Empire, aucune facette n est oubli e, tout est voqu , y compris les doutes quant aux interpr tations.

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