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Spanning over 1,300 years, this popular history of Rome has now been revised to include a new survey of the sources for Roman history, updated material on the formation of Rome, and extended coverage of Roman imperialism.
  • New edition of this popular history of Rome.
  • Spans 1,300 years of history in a single volume.
  • Broad in scope – covers political, social, economic, religious and cultural history.
  • Material on the formation of Rome has been updated to take account of the most recent research.
  • Coverage of Roman imperialism and the political world of the first century BC has been expanded
  • A new section on Roman spectacles, including gladiatorial combat and chariot racing, has been inserted.
  • A substantial survey of the sources for Roman history has been added.

The third edition is accompanied by a website available at http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/historyofrome/

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Praise for the third edition:

"Edition 3 maintains a good balance betweena general survey and a deeper analysis of Roman history, combining a traditional biographical and factual approach with thematic discussions of socio-political developments and institutions. I highly recommend all the new materials for both personal research and classroom use." Bryn Mawr Classical Review

"A History of Rome is a solid textbook. With a strong and topical vision of the city's political, military and cultural history, the empire is brought firmly into the picture." Antiquity

Praise for the second edition:

"An easily approachable volume that leaves the reader with an understanding of the broader processes of Roman history and fulfils the authors' aim to engender interest in the wider Roman world ... the book will be a valuable resource for students of Roman history and in doing so offers plentiful ground for further reflection on the enthralling history of a small town which became the capital of the greatest and most enduring empire history has known." Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405110846
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 624
  • Product dimensions: 7.87 (w) x 9.84 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Marcel Le Glay was, until his death in 1993, Professor Emeritus at the Sorbonne, Paris IV.

Jean-Louis Voisin is Senior Lecturer at the University of Bourgogne.

Yann Le Bohec is Professor at the University of Lyon III.

David Cherry is Professor of History at Montana State University – Bozeman.

Donald G. Kyle is Professor of History at the University of Texas at Arlington.

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Table of Contents

List of Plates.

List of Figures and Maps.

List of Boxes, Chronologies, and Genealogies.

Preface to the Fourth Edition.

Preface to the Third Edition.

Preface to the Second Edition.

Preface to the First Edition.

List of Abbreviations.


The Sources for Roman History.

Rome and the Mediterranean.

The Origins of the “Roman Miracle”.

Part I: From the Origins to the Empire:.

1. Italy before Rome.

1.1 The Peoples of Prehistoric Italy.

1.2 The Cultures of Prehistoric Italy.

1.3 The East’s Influence on the West.

2. The Formation of Rome: From Romulus to the Tarquins.

2.1 Latin and Sabine Kings.

2.2 Etruscan Rome.

2.3 The Religion of Archaic Rome.

3. The Young Republic: The Fifth and Fourth Centuries BCE.

3.1 The Birth of the Republic and the Struggle of the Orders.

3.2 The Decemvirs and their Task.

3.3 In Search of Equilibrium: 449–312 BCE.

3.4 The Republic’s Institutions at the End of the Fourth Century.

4. The Growth of the Republic: War and Conquest in the Third Century BCE.

4.1 Economy, Society, Army.

4.2 The Conquest of Central and Southern Italy.

4.3 The Hellenization of Art and Religion.

4.4 The Punic Wars.

4.5 Gladiatorial Combat: Rise and Early Development.

5. Consequences of Conquest: The Second Century BCE.

5.1 What Was Roman Imperialism?.

5.2 Conquests from 200 to 148 BCE: Defensive Imperialism.

5.3 Conquests from 148 to 133 BCE: Conscious Imperialism.

5.4 War and Conquest: 133–96 BCE.

5.5 Roman Triumphs: Spectacles of Military Victory.

5.6 The Economic, Social, and Political Consequences of the Conquests.

5.7 Cultural Consequences.

6. The Late Republic: The First Century BCE.

6.1 Personal Ambitions and the Civil Wars.

6.2 Toward a New Order.

6.3 Social and Cultural Transformations.

Part II: Rome, Master of the World:.

7. The Roman World in 31–28 BCE.

7.1 Actium and its Aftermath.

7.2 Rome and Italy.

7.3 The Provinces.

7.4 Boundaries and Frontiers.

8. Augustus: The Birth of the Imperial Regime: 29 BCE–14 CE.

8.1 The Formation of the Principate.

8.2 The Emperor and his Entourage.

8.3 A Hierarchy of Offices.

8.4 The Army and its Conquests.

8.5 The Administration of the Empire.

8.6 Augustus: Showman and Gamesmaster of Rome.

8.7 Religious Policy.

8.8 The Succession.

9. The Julio-Claudians: The System Under Stress: 14–68 CE.

9.1 Four Personalities: Tiberius, Gaius (Caligula), Claudius, Nero.

9.2 The Institutions and Innovations of the Julio-Claudians.

9.3 Development of the Administration.

10. The Flavians: Consolidating the Imperial Order: 68–96 CE.

10.1 Events and Contenders.

10.2 Interpretations.

10.3 The Flavian Dynasty.

10.4 Restoring Confidence.

10.5 Domitian and Tyranny: 81–96 CE.

10.6 The Emperor of Continuity.

10.7 Domitian’s Innovations.

10.8 A Developing Municipal Life and a Changing Society.

10.9 Social Changes.

11. The Antonine Empire: 96–192 CE.

11.1 Italo-Provincial Emperors.

11.2 Italy in Decline, the Provinces Expanding.

11.3 Romanization.

11.4 A Mediterranean Economy.

11.5 The Army.

11.6 Spectacles and the Roman Empire.

11.7 Religious Life.

12. The African and Syrian Emperors: 193–235 CE.

12.1 The Crisis of 193–197 CE.

12.2 Septimius Severus and his Sons.

112.3 Macrinus, Elagabalus, Severus Alexander.

12.4 Provincial Upsurge and the Orientalization of the Empire?.

Part III: Another Roman World: Third to Fifth Century CE:.

The Nature of the Times.

13. Equilibrium: 235 CE.

13.1 A Fragile Balance.

13.2 Rome and Italy.

13.3 The Western Provinces.

13.4 The Eastern Provinces.

13.5 Beyond the Limes.

13.6 Balance and Instability.

14. A Disintegrating Order: 235–284 CE.

14.1 Sinking into Crisis: 235–260 CE.

14.2 The Nature and Limits of the Crisis.

14.3 The Reaction of the Imperial Government: 260–284 CE.

15. A Different Order: 284–361 CE.

15.1 Diocletian and the Tetrarchy: 284–305 CE.

15.2 Constantine: 306–337 CE.

15.3 Constantine’s Sons: 337–361 CE.

15.4 Three Emperors and their Achievements.

16. Different Institutions: Reorganization.

16.1 Central Government.

16.2 The Army.

16.3 Territorial Authorities.

16.4 Cities and Municipal Life.

16.5 An Absolute Monarchy.

17. A Different Socio-Economic World: Recovery and State Control.

17.1 The Economic Recovery.

17.2 Society and the State.

17.3 Towns and Villas.

17.4 Expansion and Lifestyles.

18. Between Paganism and Christianity.

18.1 The Fourth-Century CE Renaissance.

18.2 Paganism on the Defensive.

18.3 Judaism between the Empire and the Church.

18.4 Christianity Takes the Offensive.

18.5 Boom and Decline.

19. The End of the Roman World?.

19.1 Julian:361–363 CE.

19.2 A New Crisis: 364–395 CE.

19.3 The End of Rome?.

Chronological Table.


Guide to Greek and Roman Writers.

Guide to Further Reading.


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