Ancient Rome: A New History
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Ancient Rome: A New History

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How did the Roman world develop from a small number of people living on the banks of the Tiber to an empire encompassing some sixty-four million people spread from one end of the Mediterranean to the other? How did the Romans themselves understand this development, and did that understanding evolve over time?

Incorporating contributions from economics, archaeology, anthropo...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 29th 2009 by Thames & Hudson (first published 2009)
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An excellent introductory text to the expanse of Roman History. He covers many things very well, and should be applauded for his ability to cover such a large topic in so few pages. I would absolutely recommend pairing his work with others, however, as his Marxist tendencies lend themselves with the socio-political history and are his downfall with regards to the imperial-military history of Rome.
Some aspects of this book were good, clearly Mr. Potter did some independent thinking. However I sensed a lack of deference toward the Christian themes of the History of Rome. Also distinctly present is a thinly veil irony, which gets somewhat tiresome.
This book provides a richly detailed history without boring the reader with minutiae. Excellent maps, key quotes from authors.
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