The Roman Empire: A Very Short Introduction [NOOK Book]

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The Roman Empire was a remarkable achievement. It had a population of sixty million people spread across lands encircling the Mediterranean and stretching from drizzle-soaked northern England to the sun-baked banks of the Euphrates in Syria, and from the Rhine to the North African coast. It was, above all else, an empire of force - employing a mixture of violence, suppression, order, and tactical use of power to develop an astonishingly uniform...
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Overview

The Roman Empire was a remarkable achievement. It had a population of sixty million people spread across lands encircling the Mediterranean and stretching from drizzle-soaked northern England to the sun-baked banks of the Euphrates in Syria, and from the Rhine to the North African coast. It was, above all else, an empire of force - employing a mixture of violence, suppression, order, and tactical use of power to develop an astonishingly uniform culture.

This Very Short Introduction covers the history of the Empire from Augustus (the first Emperor) to Marcus Aurelius, describing how the empire was formed, how it was run, its religions and its social structure. It examines how local cultures were "romanised" and how people in far away lands came to believe in the emperor as a god. The book also examines how the Roman Empire has been considered and depicted in more recent times, from the writings of Edward Gibbon, to the differing
attitudes of the Victorians and recent Hollywood blockbuster films.

ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780191577840
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • Publication date: 8/24/2006
  • Series: Very Short Introductions
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 656,278
  • File size: 19 MB
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Meet the Author

Christopher Kelly is a University Lecturer in Classics and a Fellow and Senior Tutor of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. He is a major contributor to Harvard University Press' Late Antiquity: A Guide to the Postclassical World and The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Constantine.

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Table of Contents

1 Conquest 4
2 Imperial power 23
3 Collusion 42
4 History wars 61
5 Christians to the lions 78
6 Living and dying 95
7 Rome revisited 114
Map : the Roman world in the late 2nd century AD 136
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  • Posted June 5, 2013

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    Roman Empire is one of the most iconic, powerful, and influentia

    Roman Empire is one of the most iconic, powerful, and influential empires in history. Its immediate influence on the course of European and Mediterranean history is self evident, but it’s the influence that it exerts on the politics and culture to this day that makes it remarkable, and almost unique, in the World history.




    This short introduction is in a way a companion to the Roman Republic volume in this OUP series. Unlike that book, this one is decidedly less chronological in its treatment. It focuses more on certain themes that have been prevalent throughout the course of Roman Empire – the overwhelming and brutal power of the state, the rise of Christianity, the Gladiatorial games, the life in the Roman world, etc. In that regard this is not your typical history book. This approach has certain virtues, and after reading this book I am certainly appreciating certain aspects of the Roman Empire more than I did before. For instance, the sheer scale of the battle violence that the Roman troops engaged in was something entirely new to me. The number of battle deaths was not again “achieved” until the World War I. This is remarkable since, unlike WWI, the deaths in these battles were all hand-to-hand combat with “cold” weapons. 




    In the end, however, I feel that this “disjointed” approach to the historical narrative leaves the reader without the sense for the “big picture.” Many of the trends that this book covers did not develop irrespective of each other, but were rather intertwined in myriad ways. And this is something that only a chronologically written book can fully account for. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2012

    Sample isn't a sample!

    Grabbed thesample only to find it's mostly a list of other books from the publisher along with the table of contents and a page from the introduction. No actual content. Disappointing.

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