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Ancient Rome: A Military and Political History

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Ancient Rome is a concise, comprehensive political and military history of the Roman Republic and Empire, from the origins of the city in the Italian Iron Age, until the deposition of the last emperor in 476 AD. Christopher Mackay describes how military events undermined the political institutions of the Republic, how the Empire was administered and controlled, why ...more
Paperback, 395 pages
Published August 1st 2007 by Cambridge University Press (first published January 24th 2005)
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José Monico
Nov 29, 2013 José Monico rated it really liked it
This a fantastic overview of the the politics, and many conflicts of the Ancient Roman sovereignty; from the mythical upbringings of the Roman city, to the fall of the western empire, with a small conclusion of the subsequent Byzantine empire. This book is absolutely filled to the rim with facts. It reads incredibly dry. I couldn't help but glace over a few portions. You definitely need full attention throughout each passage, as he leaves very little room for narrative, redundancy or build-up ...more
Matt Ely
Feb 03, 2016 Matt Ely rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, military
Wholly informative and exactly what I wanted it to be: a broad overview of the Roman Republic and Empire. It portrays a thousand years' history through the empire's many ups and downs, allowing for deeper exploration of key leaders, while keeping the larger narrative at the forefront. It works best when looking for a few interesting facets that you follow up on later. For example, this spurred my subsequent love for Diocletian.
Dustin Simmons
Apr 14, 2016 Dustin Simmons rated it liked it
Solid narrative that adequately covers Roman history. Not incredibly thorough, as expected for a book that is trying to cover such an expansive time period.

I would've appreciated more footnotes and references so I could go to the original sources.
AskHistorians
A survey primarily covering political and military history. It provides a solid understanding of events, their significance and implications on the Roman state. It covers both Empire and Republic very efficiently.
Heather Domin
Even with the entire Roman era condensed into one book, I still found things in here I didn't know. Great research ref. Not done with it yet; need another reading later.
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