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Posted August 1, 2005
Sweeping, Riveting, and an In-Depth Look Into the History of the Immaculate Empire of Rome
For many years historians made a distinction between the Principate, the period from Augustus until the Crisis of the Third Century, and the Dominate, the period from Diocletian until the end of the Empire in the West. According to this theory, during the Principate the realities of dictatorship were concealed behind Republican forms while during the Dominate imperial power showed its naked face, with golden crowns and ornate imperial ritual. We now know that the situation was far more nuanced: certain historical forms continued until the Byzantine period, more than one thousand years after they were created, and displays of imperial majesty were common from the earliest days of the Empire. The Roman Empire's influence on government, law, military, and monumental architecture, as well as many other aspects of Western life remains inescapable. Roman titles of power were adopted by successor states and other entities with imperial pretensions, including the Frankish kingdom, the Holy Roman Empire, the first and second Bulgarian empires, the Russian/Kiev dynasties, and the German Empire. Illustrating these magnificent histories and more, this book is one that any reader will, with the motivation, have an extremely difficult time putting down.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.