Oxford History of the Roman World

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Overview


In less than fifty-three years, Rome subjected most of the known world to its rule. This authoritative and compelling work tells the story of the rise of Rome from its origins as a cluster of villages to the foundation of the Roman Empire by Augustus, to its consolidation in the first two centuries CE. It also discusses aspects of the later Empire and its influence on Western civilization, not least of which was the adoption of Christianity.
Packed with fascinating detail and written by acknowledged experts in Roman history, the book expertly interweaves chapters on social and political history, the Emperors, art and architecture, and the works of leading Roman poets, historians, and philosophers. Reinforcing the book's historical framework are maps, diagrams, a useful chronology, and a full bibliography.
Taken as a whole, this rich work offers an indispensable resource on the history of one of the world's greatest empires.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192802033
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/28/2001
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 536
  • Sales rank: 566,905
  • Product dimensions: 7.75 (w) x 5.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

John Boardman is Emeritus Professor of Classical Archaeology and Art at Oxford University. Jasper Griffin is Professor of Classical Literature at Oxford University. Oswyn Murray is MacGregor Fellow, Jowett Fellow, Jowett Lecturer, and Tutor in Ancient History at Oxford University.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Maps
Introduction 1
1 Early Rome and Italy 13
2 The Expansion of Rome 50
3 The First Roman Literature 74
4 Cicero and Rome 90
5 The Poets of the Late Republic 121
6 The Founding of the Empire 146
7 The Arts of Government 180
8 Augustan Poetry and Society 215
9 Virgil 245
10 Roman Historians 268
11 The Arts of Prose: The Early Empire 288
12 Silver Latin Poetry and the Latin Novel 317
13 Later Philosophy 340
14 The Arts of Living 362
15 Roman Life and Society 388
16 Roman Art and Architecture 413
17 Envoi: On Taking Leave of Antiquity 449
Tables of Events 479
Index 507
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