Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire 753BC-AD476
By: Patricia Southern (author)Hardback
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The story of the greatest empire the world has ever known from its earliest origins to its disintegration in AD 476. The story of Ancient Rome often polarises opinion: for accusers, the Romans were mean and grasping imperialists with murderous megalomaniac tendencies and the world was well rid of them, but for passionate advocates the Romans were keen administrators and construction engineers who provided the greatest and most long-lasting civilizing force in history. It took a very long time - over thirteen centuries - for the Roman Empire to grow and then fragment. The Romans did not have it their own way all the time. They were defeated on their own ground several times by Hannibal and - albeit temporarily - by Cleopatra in Egypt, Boudica in Britain, and Zenobia in Syria. Patricia Southern's masterly new book narrates the history of Rome from a settlement of primitive huts to a sophisticated city ruling and then losing an Empire, the lives of such towering figures as Julius Caesar, Augustus, Caligula and Nero, the successes and set-backs and what the Romans learned on their way to Imperial rule and final disintegration.
Patricia Southern's interest in Roman history began very early, fostered by books and the wonderful epic films that they don't make any more. This obsession with the Romans has never waned, so whilst working full time as a librarian she studied for a BA degree in Ancient History with the external department of the University of London, and for an MPhil in Roman Frontier Studies at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, where she was Librarian of the Archaeology Department for many years. She has written 10 books on Roman history and contributed numerous articles on Roman history to the BBC History website and the academic Roman studies journal Britannia. Her other books include: Cleopatra ('In the absence of Cleopatra's memoirs, Southern's commendably balanced biography will do very well' THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH. 'Scholarly and readable... looks carefully behind the rhetoric of a hostile ancient press' DR PETER JONES); Julius Caesar ('Her style is delightfully approachable: lean and lucid, witty and pacy' ANTIQUITY); Domitian: Tragic Tyrant ('A lively and wittily written book - the story of a strange life, enjoyably told' CLASSICAL JOURNAL); The Roman Empire from Severus to Constantine ('Writing with her usual surpassing skill for a broader readership, Patricia Southern distills and immense body of scholarship in history, military archaeology and numismatics' ANTIQUITY); Augustus, Pompey the Great, Empress Zenobia, Antony & Cleopatra, The Roman Army: A Social and Institutional History and The Late Roman Army. In addition, for almost 20 years she was chief tour guide for the University of Durham's Roman summer school, taking 1000s of students and tourists around the Roman remains of Northern England. She lives in Northumberland.
Preface & Acknowledgements A Note About Dates Chapter 1 Proud Tyrants: the Kings of Rome c.753 to c.509 BC Chapter 2 Fierce Neighbours: the Expansion of Rome in Italy 509 to 290 BC Chapter 3 Strong Rivals: the Republic Meets Foreign Enemies 290 to 201 BC Chapter 4 World Power: Rome Begins to Dominate 201 to 133 BC Chapter 5 Reforming Zeal: the Republic Comes of Age 133 to 83 BC Chapter 6 Commanding Generals: the Republic Under Duress 83 to 48 BC Chapter 7 Civil Wars: the Rise of Octavian 48 to 30 BC Chapter 8 Octavian Augustus: the Republic Becomes an Empire 30 BC to AD 14 Chapter 9 Julio-Claudians: Tiberius to Nero AD 14 to 68 Chapter 10 Expanding Empire: Pushing the Boundaries AD 69 to 117 Chapter 11 Within Limits: the Empire Enclosed AD 117 to 193 Chapter 12 Military Rule: Emperors & Usurpers AD 193 to 260 Chapter 13 Hard Times: the Empire Fragments AD 260 to 284 Chapter 14 Another World: the Empire Transformed AD 284 to 324 Chapter 15 New Rome: Constantine to Theodosius the Great AD 324 to 395 Chapter 16 Lost World: the Transformation of the Western Empire & the Survival in the East AD 395 to 476 Maps Glossary Select Bibliography for Further Reading List of Illustrations Index
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