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Ancient Rome: A Military and Political History
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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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
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.
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.