This lively account of Roman administration, law, engineering, architecture, art, and literature traces 1,200 years of history from Rome's inception to the fall of the Western Roman Empire. Noted historian Carl J. Richard argues that although we Westerners are "all Greeks" in politics, science, philosophy, and literature and "all Hebrews" in morality and spirituality, it was the Romans who made us Greeks and Hebrews. This engaging yet deeply informed work not only examines Roman history and the multitude of Roman achievements in rich and colorful detail but also delineates their crucial and lasting impact on Western civilization.
Carl J. Richard is professor of history at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Chapter 1: Roman History in Brief Chapter 2: Administration and Law Chapter 3: Engineering and Architecture Chapter 4: Epic and Lyric Poetry Chapter 5: Speeches, Letters, and Agricultural Manuals Chapter 6: Philosophy Chapter 7: Historical Writing Chapter 8: Comedy and Satire Chapter 9: Greek and Jewish Contributions in the Roman Era Chapter 10: The Rise and Romanization of Christianity Epilogue Suggestions for Further Reading