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O lucrare care doar rezumă perioada la care face referire. Pe de o parte, acest fapt ajută la obţinerea unei vederi de ansamblu asupra istoriei Romei; pe de altă parte, după fiecare capitol a trebuit să intru pe Wikipedia pentru a găsi mai multe detalii despre subiectul tratat. Am vrut să aflu detalii despre războaiele punice, Hanibal, Scipio Africanul, Marcus Aurelius, Cato cel Bătrân, Cicero ş.a. Am fost curios să aflu şi bârfe despre împăraţi şi nevestele lor precum şi bolile de care sufereau ...more
The textbook for several classes that I took in college, it is definitive source material for life in the Roman world, from foundation till nearly the fall of the empire. Richly detailed and annotated; if you have to have a go-to source for modern scholarship on Rome and only have room on your shelf for one book, make it this one.
Dense, concise, but weak on 3rd & 4th century, esp. the Crisis of the 3rd Century, though the subtitle does say "... Down to the Reign of Constantine" so there is a trailing off at the end. However, how to explan the last chapter (44) which reviews Decline/Fall theories and attempts a summation of the legacy of the Rome. Problem is the 4th century material is very weak and 5th non-existent.
Dec 12, 2009 Erik Graff rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Recommends it for: students of Rome
Recommended to Erik by: Jim DeVoto
If you major in the classics, this is likely the survey text used for the introductory history of Rome class. Though published in the mid-thirties, it has been constantly revised and kept up to date.