A Brief History of the Romans: Politics, Society, and Culture

A Brief History of the Romans: Politics, Society, and Culture


By (author) Mary T. Boatwright, By (author) Daniel J. Gargola, By (author) Richard J. A. Talbert

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 188mm x 234mm x 20mm | 590g
  • Publication date: 23 February 2006
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0195187156
  • ISBN 13: 9780195187151
  • Illustrations note: Numerous halftones, maps and line drawings
  • Sales rank: 507,375

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How did a single village in Italy grow to become a world-class imperial power? This introduction, a new and shorter version of the authors' The Romans: From Village to Empire, is an inviting guide to the stages of Rome's remarkable political and military evolution over 1,500 years - through monarchy, republic, and then empire. With extensive illustrations, maps, and excerpts from writings by Romans themselves, this is a book that leaves its readers informed and eager to learn more.

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Author information

Mary T. Boatwright is Professor of Ancient History in the Department of Classical Studies at Duke University. She is the author of Hadrian and the Cities of the Roman Empire (2000) and Hadrian and the City of Rome (1987). Daniel J. Gargola is Associate Professor of History at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, and the author of Lands, Laws, and Gods: Magistrates and Ceremony in the Regulation of Public Lands in Republican Rome (1995). Richard J.A. Talbert is Kenan Professor of History and Classics at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. A past president of the Association of Ancient Historians, he is the author of The Senate of Imperial Rome (1984) and editor of the Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World (2000).

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A Brief History of the Romans is vividly written and would be an good choice for a textbook in a undergraduate course on Roman history or as supplementary reading in undergraduate courses on Roman civilization. Geir Thorarinsson, University of Iceland