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A History of Rome

3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  85 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
This magisterial survey, spanning over 1,300 years, is widely acclaimed as the best single-volume history of Rome. The second edition incorporates a number of improvements including new subject sections and maps, expanded coverage of key chapters, and updated resource and bibliographic material.
Incorporates a number of improvements, many of which have been suggested by re
Paperback, Second Edition, 592 pages
Published December 27th 2000 by Wiley-Blackwell (first published January 28th 1996)
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Sajith Kumar
Jan 11, 2016 Sajith Kumar rated it liked it
Shelves: history
History is the topic on which the most number of books are reviewed in this blog. So, it is embarrassing for me to admit that I am yet to read a complete history of the Roman Empire from start (!) to finish (?). Familiarisation with the world’s oldest superpower has been in bits and pieces from the descriptions in other books which deal with only a part of the story. One of my pet projects to review the entire unabridged version of Toynbee’s ‘A Study of History’ is nearing completion and the nex ...more
Oct 09, 2015 Frederick rated it it was amazing
Even though this book covers a great deal of time and territory it does a wonderful job of providing a survey type of understanding of Rome from its founding. The divisions are very helpful with timelines, maps, and blocks set apart for specialized information that makes it easy to read. I would say that if you wanted to learn about Roman Republic and Empire in a general sense before deciding what part of its history you wanted to study that this would be the book to start with.
David Withun
Jun 10, 2012 David Withun rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
I think everyone who knows me know that I love history. Even so, this book was one of the most dry, tedious things that I have ever read. This book exhibits exactly what the problem is with the way that history is taught in schools today. It was page after page of unpronounceable names, meaningless dates, and useless terminology. There was not even the slightest attempt at making history a continuous flow, connecting the dots or making it interesting with narrative. In addition, the author seeme ...more
Brent McCulley
Oct 17, 2013 Brent McCulley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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An impressive piece of historical scholarship by numerous Roman historians, this fourth edition - expanded and updated - is an excellent treatment to the history of Rome. From prehistoric Italy, to the complex workings that led to the collapse of the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century A.D. I thoroughly enjoyed this text, as it helped me formulate my historical understanding of 1st century Christianity; namely, with a proper understanding of the Roman Empire as the backdrop. An enjoyable rea ...more
Apr 30, 2012 Michael rated it really liked it
A great beginning-to-end text of Roman history. I've read quite a bit of Rome in my days… in pieces. However this was the first complete overview I've had. Nothing spectacular, but solid and thorough - just enough to help choose a more specific topic for my next read of Rome.
Jun 24, 2012 Marie-aimée rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, fr
Une excellente synthèse de l'histoire romaine, des fondations à la dislocation de l'Empire, aucune facette n'est oubliée, tout est évoqué, y compris les doutes quant aux interprétations.
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