Boatwright, Daniel J. Gargola, Richard J. Talbert Read preview Synopsis How did a single village community in the Italian peninsula eventually become one of the mightiest imperial powers the world has ever known? In The Romans, Mary T.
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Boatwright, Daniel J. Gargola, Richard J. Talbert Read preview Synopsis How did a single village community in the Italian peninsula eventually become one of the mightiest imperial powers the world has ever known? In The Romans, Mary T. Boatwright, Daniel Gargola, and Richard J. Talbert tackle this question as they guide readers through a comprehensive sweep of Roman history, ranging from the prehistoric settlements to the age of Constantine.
Here too are some of the most fascinating individuals ever to walk across the world stage, including Hannibal, Mithridates, Pompey, Cicero, Cleopatra, Augustus, Livia, Nero, Marcus Aurelius, and Shapur. The book incorporates more than 30 maps, mostly produced by the Ancient World Mapping Center; in addition, 22 boxes interspersed throughout feature varied excerpts of writings by Romans themselves.
Excerpt The descendants of the first settlers on the hills overlooking a ford across the Tiber River eventually controlled most of Europe, the Near East, and North Africa for centuries. Still today, a millennium and a half later, the legacy of this extraordinary achievement by the Romans exerts a powerful influence in a rich variety of spheres worldwide—not least among them, architecture, art, language, literature, law, and religion.
Although the writings and material remains that survive are inevitably no more than a tiny, random sample of what once existed, there is still quite enough to impress and engage us, and to permit a fair degree of insight into many dimensions of the nature and development of Roman civilization.
Of course there are aspects— related to politics or strategy or social practices, to name only three areas—which we can never hope to understand fully.
Even so, that does not deter a large body of interested inquirers from continuing to formulate questions and discuss answers as part of an ongoing dialogue.
This activity has proved especially fruitful since the mid-nineteenth century: From then onwards, at an increasing pace, advances in scholarship, technology, and exploration have hugely improved the control and appreciation of the material at our disposal.
These advances have also led to many exciting new discoveries, as well as stimulating ventures into fresh areas of inquiry over a broader range than ever. The expanding pursuit of inquiry, discovery, and re evaluation is sure to continue.
Current knowledge, interests, and opinions are by no means fixed or exhausted; each generation chooses its own mix of elements in Roman history. It is a book aimed primarily at average college-educated readers who lack prior. Full access to this book and over 94, more Over 14 million journal, magazine, and newspaper articles Access to powerful writing and research tools Book details.
The Romans : From Village to Empire
Feb 27, Anthony Cleveland rated it really liked it Excellent reference for the serious historian. Oct 19, Marvin rated it liked it Highly informative and well researched account, but written in a very rambling style with a lot of repetition. The rambling style makes it very hard to follow the chain of events in important phases of Roman history, such as the conflict between Marius and Sulla, to name just one. Essentially the same map of the region seemed to be reproduced at least 10 times at various points in the book. And in the first few chapters on the beginnings of Rome, if I had a dime for every time I encountered the Highly informative and well researched account, but written in a very rambling style with a lot of repetition.
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Bryn Mawr Classical Review Some may find this interesting. The maps are excellent and frequent, as are, in general, the illustrations. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Oxford University Press, Showing of 41 reviews. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. This is a long and sprawling history of the Roman Republic and Empire.