The Oxford History of the Roman World
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The Oxford History of the Roman World

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The Romans succeeded in less than fifty-three years in subjecting almost the whole inhabited world of their rule. This book tells the story of the rise of Rome from its origins as a cluster of villages to the foundation of the Roman Empire by Augustus and its consolidation in the first two centuries AD. It also discusses some aspects of the later Empire and its influence o...more
Published November 14th 1991 by Oxford University Press (first published 1986)
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This is a primer that touches on many topics in a rather cursory manner. There are roles and places for primers, so that cannot be a criticism. Like many books with multiple authors, though, this book suffers from being uneven. Each of its seventeen chapters is written by a different author, and the book as a whole may be more a reflection of their individual interests than a unified attempt to cover the primary topic.

The historical material is, logically, arranged chronologically, but it is cur...more
Lane Wilkinson
Did you know that Rome conquered the known world in only 53 years? And that it took barely over five decades to expand its borders across the Mediterranean? And that in half a century, Rome became the largest empire in the world? And that in less than 60 summers, Rome expand great power military conquer wharrgarbl...

Oh yeah, another neat only took 53 pages to realize that this book is just a half-assed, disjointed rehashing of Polybius.

Seriously, though, for an Oxford history of Rome,...more
Birgitta Hoffmann
Somebody once described this book as a primer and that is what it does well: offering a first stop summary on the Roman World, not just Roman history, but Roman art and literature as well. Being a compilation of different authors, not all parts are of the same depth or quality, but as a whole it works and it is very popular with my adult education students. However, being nearly 30 years old, the bibliographies need updating and some sections are beginning to show their age.
Solid enough introduction to the Roman world, tracing its history from its origins as a cluster of villages to the foundation of the Empire and its growth in the first two centuries. I used it as a primer during my course on the Roman Empire, and though rather uninspiring, it does lay out the basic facts which one needs to grasp.
Not the most recent publication but the quality of the research has stood the test of time. Still on many university reading lists.
I haven't really finished this book. I think it's more of a reference book, not something to read from cover to cover.
An excellent series of essays on the Roman world written in engaging and often amusing styles. Very helpful.
Marc L
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