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Rome

An Empire's Story
Woolf, Greg (Book - 2012)
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The very idea of empire was created in ancient Rome and even today traces of its monuments, literature, and institutions can be found across Europe, the Near East, and North Africa - and sometimes even further afield. In Rome, historian Greg Woolf expertly recounts how this mammoth empire was created, how it was sustained in crisis, and how it shaped the world of its rulers and subjects - a story spanning a millennium and a half of history. The personalities and events of Roman history have become part of theWest's cultural lexicon, and Woolf provides brilliant retellings of each of these, from the war with Carthage to Octavian's victory over Cleopatra, from the height of territorial expansion under the emperors Trajan and Hadrian to the founding of Constantinople and the barbarian invasions whichresulted in Rome's ultimate collapse. Throughout, Woolf carefully considers the conditions that made Rome's success possible and so durable, covering topics as diverse as ecology, slavery, and religion. Woolf also compares Rome to other ancient empires and to its many later imitators, bringing intovivid relief the Empire's most distinctive and enduring features. As Woolf demonstrates, nobody ever planned to create a state that would last more than a millennium and a half, yet Rome was able, in the end, to survive barbarian migrations, economic collapse and even the conflicts between a series of world religions that had grown up within its borders, in theprocess generating an image and a myth of empire that is apparently indestructible. Based on new research and compellingly told, this sweeping account promises to eclipse all previously published histories of the empire.
Authors: Woolf, Greg
Title: Rome
an empire's story
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, c2012.
Characteristics: xiii, 366 p. :,ill., maps ;,25 cm.
Contents: The whole story
Empires of the mind
Rulers of Italy
Imperial ecology
Mediterranean hegemony
Slavery and empire
Crisis
At heaven's command?
The generals
The enjoyment of empire
Emperors
Resourcing empire
War
Imperial identities
Recovery and collapse
A Christian empire
Things fall apart
The Roman past and the Roman future.
Local Note: 15 53 109 118 148 152 210 226 244 274
ISBN: 019977529X
9780199775293
Statement of Responsibility: Greg Woolf
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject Headings: Rome History Empire, 30 B.C.-476 A.D. Imperialism History To 1500. Rome Politics and government 30 B.C.-476 A.D.
Topical Term: Imperialism
LCCN: 2011037613
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May 07, 2013
  • Basileus rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

The history of the Roman Empire makes for for interesting and exciting study. Unfortunately this book is very hard to read and fairly boring, which no book about Rome should ever be called.

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