The Oxford Illustrated History of the Roman World

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Overview

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 AD. It also discusses aspects of the later Empire and its influence on western civilizations, not least the adoption of Christianity.

Chapters dealing with social and political history are interwoven with chapters on literature, philosophy, and the arts. Among the other topics addressed are Roman Emperors; Roman historians, such as Tacitus and Livy; and Stoicism and Skepticism. Throughout, the book's historical framework is reinforced by detailed maps and chronological charts, as well as by informative bibliographies and a full index. Moreover, the book includes exquisite color and black-and-white illustrations that lend beautifully to the narrative, making this rich work both a delight to peruse and an indispensable resource on the history of one of the greatest empires.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192854360
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/24/2001
  • Series: Oxford Illustrated Histories Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 470
  • Sales rank: 1,437,911
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Sir John Boardman is Emeritus Professor of Classical Archaeology and Art, Oxford, and has been based at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, since 1955 Jasper Griffin is Professor of Classical Literature, University of Oxford, and Dyson Fellow in Greek Culture, Jowett Fellow, Jowett Lecturer and Tutor in Classics, Balliol College, Oxford. Oswyn Murray is MacGregor Fellow, Jowett Fellow, Jowett Lecturer, and Tutor in Ancient History, Balliol College, Oxford

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Table of Contents

List of Colour Plates
List of Maps
Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 Early Rome and Italy 9
2 The Expansion of Rome 39
3 The First Roman Literature 60
4 Cicero and Rome 76
5 The Poets of the Late Republic 101
6 The Founding of the Empire 121
7 The Arts of Government 150
8 Augustan Poetry and Society 182
9 Virgil 206
10 Roman Historians 226
11 The Arts of Prose: The Early Empire 243
12 Silver Latin Poetry and the Latin Novel 267
13 Later Philosophy 288
14 The Arts of Living 308
15 Roman Life and Society 338
16 Roman Art and Architecture 361
Envoi: On Taking Leave of Antiquity 401
Tables of Events 424
Descriptive List of Illustrations 445
Index 452
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