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The Roman Empire: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

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The Roman Empire was a remarkable achievement. It had a population of sixty million people spread across lands encircling the Mediterranean and stretching from northern England to the sun-baked banks of the Euphrates, and from the Rhine to the North African coast. It was, above all else, an empire of force--employing a mixture of violence, suppression, order, and tactical use of power to develop an astonishingly uniform culture.

Here, historian Christopher Kelly covers the history of the Empire from Augustus to Marcus Aurelius, describing the empire's formation, and its political, religious, cultural, and social structures. It looks at the daily lives of the Empire's people: both those in Rome as well as those living in its furthest colonies. Romans used astonishing logistical feats, political savvy, and military oppression to rule their vast empire. This Very Short Introduction examines how they "romanised" the cultures they conquered, imposing their own culture in order to subsume them completely. The book also looks at how the Roman Empire has been considered and depicted in more recent times, from the writings of Edward Gibbon to the Hollywood blockbuster Gladiator. It will prove a valuable introduction for readers interested in classical history.

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This Very Short Introduction covers the history of the Empire from Augustus (the first Emperor) to Marcus Aurelius, describing how the empire was formed, how it was run, its religions and its social structure.

About the Author

Christopher Kelly is a University Lecturer in Classics and a Fellow and Senior Tutor of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. He is a major contributor to Harvard University Press' Late Antiquity: A Guide to the Postclassical World and The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Constantine.

Table of Contents

1. Conquest

2. Imperial Power

3. Collusion

4. History Wars

5. Christians to the Lions

6. Living and Dying

7. Rome Revisited

Product Details

ISBN:
9780192803917
Author:
Kelly, Christopher
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
Null, Christopher
Subject:
History
Subject:
Ancient - Rome
Subject:
Rome
Subject:
History, World | Ancient | Roman
Subject:
Rome Social life and customs.
Subject:
Rome History Empire, 30 B.C.-284 A.D.
Subject:
World History-Ancient Near East
Copyright:
Series:
Very Short Introductions
Publication Date:
20060931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
25 halftones
Pages:
168
Dimensions:
4.3 x 6.8 x 0.4 in 0.3 lb

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