The World of Rome: An Introduction to Roman Culture

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The World of Rome is an introduction to the history and culture of Rome for students at university and at school as well as for anyone seriously interested in the ancient world. It covers all aspects of the city - its rise to power, what made it great and why it still engages and challenges us today. Frequent quotations from ancient writers and numerous illustrations make this a stimulating and accessible introduction to ancient Rome. The book is particularly designed to serve as a background to Reading Latin (CUP 1986).
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"...thoughtful and well written....The book's great strength is its use of concrete historical, artistic, and literary examples to illustrate the complex ideas under discussion....A suitable companion for a beginning student." Religious Studies Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521384216
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/1997
  • Pages: 428
  • Product dimensions: 5.83 (w) x 8.27 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors
List of maps and illustrations
1 The idea of Rome (753-31 BC) 1
2 Rome's new kings (31 BC-AD 476) 49
3 Princeps and imperator 83
4 Governing Rome 112
5 The life of the city 140
6 Production and consumption 181
7 The Roman family 208
8 The Roman mind 235
9 Roman literature 262
10 Roman art and architecture 287
Epilogue: The ghosts of Rome 317
Appendix 1 Roman emperors 328
Appendix 2 Latin and Greek writers 331
Appendix 3 Cross-references with the text of Reading Latin 347
Acknowledgements for illustrations 353
Index and glossary of Latin terms 358
General index 366
Topographical index 382
Index of personal names 387
Index of passages 395
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