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History of Ancient Rome

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It was the greatest empire ever built, with a conquering army of unequalled skill, rulers whose larger-than-life personalities continue to fascinate, and a vast and advanced culture. No discussion of our own civilization can get far without invoking Rome's name, whether the subject is law, politics, religion, war, or literature. Their buildings, the roads they built, their contributions to art and philosophy were the fruits of a flourishing, vibrant society. From the establishment of the republic to the legacy it...
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Overview

It was the greatest empire ever built, with a conquering army of unequalled skill, rulers whose larger-than-life personalities continue to fascinate, and a vast and advanced culture. No discussion of our own civilization can get far without invoking Rome's name, whether the subject is law, politics, religion, war, or literature. Their buildings, the roads they built, their contributions to art and philosophy were the fruits of a flourishing, vibrant society. From the establishment of the republic to the legacy it left us, follow the thrilling narrative of Rome's history, impressively illustrated with over 200 photographs, drawings, and paintings showing the empire in its different phases. The spectacular remains are scattered over three continents, and its powerful influence will never fade.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760756379
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/30/2004
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 9.02 (w) x 11.56 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Chapter 1 Republic and Empire 8
Origins, real and mythical 9
The conquest of Italy 10
The struggle against Carthage 14
Victories and violence 20
The triumvirs 26
The civil wars 30
Augustus and the Empire 36
Collapse and recovery 44
The age of the Antonines 46
Third-century crisis 52
The Empire transformed 54
Constantine and Christianity 56
Decline and fall 58
Chapter 2 Life in the Roman Empire 62
Family and Roman values 63
Education and culture 68
House and household 74
Costume and adornment 78
City life 80
The countryside 84
Social class and slavery 86
Famous women 94
The world of work 98
Books and writing 102
Leisure and pleasure 104
Spectacle and slaughter 110
Trade and communications 114
Provincial life 116
Pompeii 118
The East 120
Roman Africa 122
Far-away Britannia 124
Medicine, disease and death 128
Life in the late Empire 132
Chapter 3 Pillars of the State 136
Politics and power 137
The armed forces 140
Chapter 4 Religion and Ideas 146
Gods and spirits of old Rome 147
Olympians and philosophers 148
New ideas from the East 152
Roman Christianity 156
Literature 158
Chapter 5 Art and Architecture 162
Buildings and monuments 163
Bronze and marble 168
Paintings and mosiacs 172
Objects of luxury and utility 176
The art of late antiquity 180
Chapter 6 The Roman Legacy 182
The Byzantine empire 183
Roman heritage 184
Index 186
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