- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
Employing the "Great Man" theory of history, this book successfully fills a need created in part by the BBC series of the same name (for which Baker was the development producer) and HBO's Rome. Baker's book is purposefully not social history; he does not complicate a subject many readers already find confusing. Instead, he effectively profiles several important figures from Rome's history, although his choices might baffle some historians. For example, Baker devotes more pages to Nero than to Augustus and more to Constantine than to Scipio. He also focuses more attention on Christians and Jews than some might expect from a history of Rome. Considering that he is covering 1000 years in fewer than 500 pages, his methods work well. Baker's explanation of the events that culminated with Augustus becoming emperor is well written, clear, and succinct. Certainly, this is not an academic book, but it may serve to draw more readers to the subject of Roman history. Recommended for public libraries.