Ancient Rome masterfully synthesizes the vast period from the origins of Rome to the end of antiquity, seamlessly weaving a panoramic view of how the Romans gradually imposed their rule from Britain to Arabia. William E. Dunstan's compelling narrative balances political and cultural developments, as readers gain fascinating insights about daily life in the Roman world, ranging from the gossip people exchanged to their favorite authors, their passionate religious beliefs, and their clamor for bloodletting in the Colosseum. All readers interested in the classical world will find this a fascinating and compelling history.
William E. Dunstan is a visiting scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and teaches at North Carolina State University.
Chapter 1: Early Italy Chapter 2: Origins of Rome Chapter 3: The Young Republic Chapter 4: Roman Conquest of Italy Chapter 5: Duel with Carthage Chapter 6: Roman Conquest of the Mediterranean World Chapter 7: Impact of Overseas Conquests on the Senatorial Oligarchy Chapter 8: Impact of Overseas Conquests of the Economic and Social Organization of Italy Chapter 9: Greek Cultural Influences on Rome Chapter 10: Rival Conceptions of State and Society Plague Roman Politics: From the Gracchi to the Social War Chapter 11: Sulla Chapter 12: Pompey and Caesar Chapter 13: Antony and Octavian Wrestle for Empire: Final Dissolution of the Old Republican Order Chapter 14: Economic, Social, and Cultural Climate of the Late Republic Chapter 15: Augustus and the Founding of the Roman Empire Chapter 16: Augustan Social and Religious Policy Chapter 17: Augustan Art and Literature and the Augustan Legacy Chapter 18: From Tiberius to Nero: The Julio-Claudian Dynasty Chapter 19: From Vespasian to Domitian: The Flavian Dynasty Chapter 20: From Nerva to Marcus Aurelius: The Five Good Emperors Chapter 21: Government, Economy, and Society in the First and Second Centuries Chapter 22: Architecture and Sculpture in the First and Second Centuries Chapter 23: Literature in the First and Second Centuries Chapter 24: Commodus and the Severan Dynasty Chapter 25: Third-Century Imperial Crisis and First Phase of Recovery Chapter 26: Reorganization of Diocletian and Constantine Chapter 27: Last Years of the United Empire Chapter 28: Society and Culture in the Later Empire Chapter 29: Rise of Christianity Chapter 30: Christian Triumph and Controversy Chapter 31: Dismemberment of the Roman Empire in the West Epilogue: The Thousand-Year Survival of the Roman Empire in the East Bibliography