Providing a snapshot of the ancient Romans as they were at the height of their success, The Romans in the Age of Augustus is a fascinating history of Rome and the Roman peoples during the pivotal transition from Republic to Empire. The lifetime of the first Roman emperor, Augustus (63BC-AD14), was characterized by military expansionism, political, social, and religious reform, and achievements in literature and the arts that marked the high-point of Roman classicism.
Providing a broad historical context for the period, Andrew Lintott begins with a description of the process through which a collection of villages developed into Rome, the dominant city of the Mediterranean. He goes on to explain how the structure and institutions of Roman society developed during the reign of Augustus, describing its economic base and its workings, and demonstrates how the shift from Republic to Empire affected the public and private lives of individuals.
Written in a highly accessible style, and incorporating the most recent scholarship, this book offers fascinating insights into Augustus's Rome, and serves as an ideal introduction to the subject for students with no prior knowledge.
About the Author
Table of Contents
List of Figures vi
List of Maps vii
1 Introduction 1
2 The Growth of an Empire 12
3 The Crisis of the Late Republic 39
4 The Emperor and his People 77
5 Town and Country 105
6 Customs, Culture, and Ideas 132
7 The Armed Services and the Frontiers 159
What People are Saying About This
"Roman historians already keep Lintott's Imperium Romanum,Constitution of the Roman Republic, and Cicero asEvidence at their fingertips and assign them for their courses.Here is another in that tradition. Modestly styled an"ethnography," Romans in the Age of Augustus is in fact apolitical, social, and cultural history of Rome and Italy at thecrucial moment in their history, filled with living, breathingindividuals."—Greg Rowe, University of Victoria
"Lintott's admirably concise treatment is especially strong onthe Republican background of Augustus' rule and everyday aspects ofhis government."—Karl Galinsky, University of Texas at Austin