Ancient Rome: A Military and Political History

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Ancient Rome is a short and comprehensive political and military history of the Roman Republic and Empire, from the origins of the city in the Italian Iron Age, until the deposition of the last emperor in 476 AD. Christopher Mackay describes how military events undermined the political institutions of the Republic, how the Empire was administered and controlled, why Christianity was adopted as the state religion under Constantine, and how military and economic pressures of the third and fourth centuries eventually led to the downfall of the western empire. Illustrated with relevant art works from Rome’s long history, this volume will serve as an up to date overview of one of the most extraordinary civilizations of human history
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Editorial Reviews

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"Mackay has provided a valuable service by presenting an updated text focused on Rome's military and political history. For the general reader, the work as a whole provides a solid introduction. Mackay reminds us all of the value in focusing on military conflicts and governmental affairs, particularly for understanding the breakdown of the Republican system and the collapse of the western empire." Darryl A. Phillips, College of Charleston, South Carolina, BMCR

"Those interested in Roman history, especially of the empire, may wish to pick up the book. They will be rewarded by Mackay's chapteres on the later empire." - John D. Muccigrosso, Drew University

"Given both the enormous accidental loss of evidence and the obvious deliberate distortion in much that does survive, it is a welcome feature of Mackay's book that he prefaces each of its five chronological sections with a brief introduction of about three pages on the main sources for the period and the central problems in understanding it...he writes clearly and avoids rhetorical elaboration while the substance of his book is for the most part, sound, judicious, and accurate." - T.D. Barnes

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521711494
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/13/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 412
  • Sales rank: 803,235
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Mackay is Associate Professor in the department of History and Classics at the University of Alberta. Associate Editor of the American Journal of Ancient History, he has published extensively on all periods of Roman history.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Obscure beginnings, to 264 B.C. 3
1 Foundations and kingdom, to ca. 507 B.C. 9
2 Domestic history of the early republic, ca. 507 B.C.-ca. 287 B.C. 23
3 Conquest of Latium and Italy, ca. 507 B.C.-264 B.C. 40
Pt. 2 Conquest of the Mediterranean, 264 B.C.-146 B.C. 57
4 Struggle with Carthage, 264 B.C.-146 B.C. 61
5 Wars in the east, 215 B.C.-146 B.C. 76
6 Conquest of Spain, 218 B.C.-134 B.C. 89
7 Effects of the conquests on Rome 93
Pt. 3 Collapse of the republic, 133 B.C.-27 B.C. 101
8 Assault on the oligarchy, 133 B.C.-81 B.C. 106
9 Restored oligarchy, 81 B.C.-59 B.C. 130
10 Caesar and the end of republican government, 59 B.C.-44 B.C. 143
11 Conflict of the warlords, 44 B.C.-27 B.C. 159
12 Politics in the late republic 170
Pt. 4 The principate, 27 B.C.-A.D. 235 177
13 Augustus and the establishment of the principate, 31 B.C.-A.D. 14 182
14 Julio-Claudian dynasty, A.D. 14-A.D. 68 192
15 Civil war and the Flavian dynasty, A.D. 68-A.D. 96 210
16 Pinnacle of the principate, A.D. 96-A.D. 192 223
17 Civil war and the Severan dynasty, A.D. 193-A.D. 235 236
18 Institutions of the principate 249
Pt. 5 The late empire, A.D. 235-A.D. 476 261
19 Military and dynastic crisis, A.D. 235-A.D. 284 266
20 Rise of Christianity 283
21 Diocletian and the restoration of imperial authority, A.D. 284-A.D. 305 291
22 Civil war and the triumph of Constantine and Christianity, A.D. 305-A.D. 337 303
23 Heyday of the Christian empire, A.D. 337-A.D. 395 316
24 Demise of the empire in the west, A.D. 395-A.D. 476 331
Epilogue : survival and transformation of the empire in the east after A.D. 476 354
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