Synopses & Reviews
From its mythical foundation in 753 BC to its fall in the fifth century AD, the city of Rome had an impact on the world that would be hard to overestimate. Written for the general reader by leading international scholars, this new illustrated history examines Rome's sense of self and its place in the wider world. It vividly explores a broad range of topics, including religion, Rome's relationship with Greece, warfare and Empire, and science and culture. Professor of Ancient History at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, Greg Woolf's research interests include all aspects of the cultural history of the Roman Empire, from food and patronage to literacy and the Roman economy. Woolf is a contributor to both the Cambridge Ancient History and the APA Classical Atlas projects as well as General Editor of the forthcoming History of the Ancient Mediterranean World.
'For anyone with a serious interest in the Roman world, this is the book to get'. The Sunday Telegraph
'This is the only book to read on this complex history.' Good Book Guide
'As an overview and a thematic arrangement it is often excellent.' JACT Review
New history richly illustrated in colour and aimed at the general reader.
Ancient Rome had an impact on the world that it would be hard to overestimate. In this new history aimed at the general reader a distinguished international team of scholars explores Rome's sense of self and its place in the wider world. The text is richly illustrated in colour throughout.
From its mythical foundation in 753 BC to its sack in the fifth century AD, the city of Rome had an impact on the world that it would be hard to overestimate. This new history aimed at the general reader, authored by a team of leading international academics under an eminent historian and richly illustrated in colour, examines Rome's sense of self and its place in the wider world, and vividly explores a broad range of topics, including religion, Rome's relationship with Greece, warfare and Empire, and science and culture.
About the Author
Greg Woolf is Professor of Ancient History at the University of St Andrews. He is the author of Becoming Roman: The Origins of Provincial Civilization in Gaul (1998) and editor of Rome the Cosmopolis (2003).
Table of Contents
Introduction; Part I. The Romans and their History: 1. Discovering Ancient Rome Greg Woolf; 2. The Republic Christopher Mackay; 3. The Emperors David Potter; 4. An imperial people Greg Woolf; 5. Rome and Greece Greg Woolf; Part II. The Cultures of Empire: 6. Domination Emma Dench; 7. An imperial metropolis Hazel Dodge and Jon Coulston; 8. Empire of letters Simon Swain; 9. An empire of cities Penelope Allison; 10. Imperial science Rebecca Flemming; 11. The gods of Empire Richard Lim; 12. The profits of Empire Neville Morley; 13. War and peace Ian Haynes; Timeline; Glossary of Latin terms; Who's who; Notable extant buildings and/or collections of art and artefacts; Further reading.