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Overview

This sweeping history of the Roman Empire from 44 B.C. to A.D. 235 has three purposes: to describe what was happening in the central administration and in the entourage of the emperor; to indicate how life went on in Italy and the provinces, in the towns, in the countryside, and in the army camps; and to show how these two different worlds impinged on each other. Colin Wells's vivid account is now available in an up-to-date second edition.
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Editorial Reviews

Classical Outlook - Eleanor G. Huzar
When a modest, single volume on the Roman Empire proves informative, provocative, and exciting, the reader gladly acknowledges an exceptional author. Professor Colin Wells is expert in the various aspects of Roman history, he reflects on issues independently and creatively, and he writes elegantly, and sometimes brilliantly.
History Book Club Review - Thomas R. Martin
This is historical writing with a bite usually missing in fast surveys...Novices and advanced students of Roman history alike will be stimulated by this book to think deeply on a grand scale about matters of great importance in ancient history.
Religious Studies Review - A. T. Kraabel
An admirable volume.
Antioch Review
This concise but illuminating history of a government that provided peace and prosperity longer than any other has no equal.
Religious Studies Review

An admirable volume.
— A. T. Kraabel

Classical Outlook

When a modest, single volume on the Roman Empire proves informative, provocative, and exciting, the reader gladly acknowledges an exceptional author. Professor Colin Wells is expert in the various aspects of Roman history, he reflects on issues independently and creatively, and he writes elegantly, and sometimes brilliantly.
— Eleanor G. Huzar

History Book Club Review

This is historical writing with a bite usually missing in fast surveys...Novices and advanced students of Roman history alike will be stimulated by this book to think deeply on a grand scale about matters of great importance in ancient history.
— Thomas R. Martin

Classical Outlook
When a modest, single volume on the Roman Empire proves informative, provocative, and exciting, the reader gladly acknowledges an exceptional author. Professor Colin Wells is expert in the various aspects of Roman history, he reflects on issues independently and creatively, and he writes elegantly, and sometimes brilliantly.
— Eleanor G. Huzar
History Book Club Review
This is historical writing with a bite usually missing in fast surveys...Novices and advanced students of Roman history alike will be stimulated by this book to think deeply on a grand scale about matters of great importance in ancient history.
— Thomas R. Martin
Religious Studies Review
An admirable volume.
— A. T. Kraabel
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674777705
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 8/11/1995
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 390
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Colin Wells is Professor of Classical Studies, Trinity University.
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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition

List of Maps and Illustrations

List of Abbreviations

Introduction

I. The New Order

II. The Sources

III. The Work of Augustus

IV. Italy under Augustus: the Social and Intellectual Climate

V. The Consolidation of the Principate

VI. The Army and the Provinces in the First Century AD

VII. 'Emperors Made Elsewhere than at Rome': Galba to Trajan

VIII. The State of Italy from Petronius to Pliny

IX. The Orderly Government of the Empire: Hadrian to Marcus Aurelius

X.'The Immeasurable Majesty of the Roman Peace'

XI. An Age of Transition: Commodus to Maximinus the Thracian

Maps
Lists of dates:

Reigns of Roman Emperors, Augustus to Diocletian

Greek and Latin Authors Mentioned in this Book

Further Reading

Index of Citations

General Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2005

    Sweeping, Riveting, and an In-Depth Look Into the History of the Immaculate Empire of Rome

    For many years historians made a distinction between the Principate, the period from Augustus until the Crisis of the Third Century, and the Dominate, the period from Diocletian until the end of the Empire in the West. According to this theory, during the Principate the realities of dictatorship were concealed behind Republican forms while during the Dominate imperial power showed its naked face, with golden crowns and ornate imperial ritual. We now know that the situation was far more nuanced: certain historical forms continued until the Byzantine period, more than one thousand years after they were created, and displays of imperial majesty were common from the earliest days of the Empire. The Roman Empire's influence on government, law, military, and monumental architecture, as well as many other aspects of Western life remains inescapable. Roman titles of power were adopted by successor states and other entities with imperial pretensions, including the Frankish kingdom, the Holy Roman Empire, the first and second Bulgarian empires, the Russian/Kiev dynasties, and the German Empire. Illustrating these magnificent histories and more, this book is one that any reader will, with the motivation, have an extremely difficult time putting down.

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