Enemies of Rome: From Hannibal to Attila the Hun

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Rome became a world power through war and throughout its history its right to dominate was challenged by a succession of formidable individuals, some of whom were 'noble heroes, others were murdering villains'. Few died in their beds. This extremely enjoyable and well-written history of Rome's troubles tells its story from the point of view of seventeen remarkable figures, including Hannibal, Jugurtha, Mithridates, Spartacus, Vercingetorix, Cleopatra, Boudicca, Zenobia and Attila. The stories of each are told in an accessible and dramatic narrative supported by extracts from contemporary sources. Interspersed are short chapters which set the historical background, looking at, for example, Caesar's Civil Wars, the Pax Romana and the end of Rome. The book shows that Rome knew how to deal with enemies it considered 'civilised' but it was far less sure with 'barbarians' or those who did not play by the rules. Illustrated throughout.
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“Truly fascinating and superbly written…. A highly recommended addition.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500251249
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 11/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 1,399,512
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip Matyszak has a doctorate in Roman history from St. John’s College, Oxford. His books include Legionary, Gladiator, Ancient Rome on 5 Denarii a Day, Ancient Athens on 5 Drachmas a Day, The Classical Compendium,
Chronicle of the
Roman Republic,
and The Greek and Roman Myths. He lives in
British Columbia, Canada.
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Table of Contents

1 Hannibal 20
2 Philip V 44
3 Viriathus 54
4 Jugurtha 63
5 Mithridates 81
6 Spartacus 94
7 Vercingetorix 115
8 Orodes II 128
9 Cleopatra 140
10 Arminius 164
11 Boudicca 178
12 Josephus 191
13 Decebalus 213
14 Shapuri 232
15 Zenobia 244
16 Alaric 256
17 Attila 270
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