The Roman Empire 2ed

The Roman Empire 2ed


By (author) Wells


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  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 208mm x 25mm | 454g
  • Publication date: 31 December 1995
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge, Mass
  • ISBN 10: 0674777700
  • ISBN 13: 9780674777705
  • Edition: 2
  • Edition statement: 2nd edition
  • Illustrations note: 9 maps
  • Sales rank: 755,017

Product description

This sweeping history of the Roman Empire from 44 B.C. to A.D. 235 has three purposes: to describe what was happening in the central administration and in the entourage of the emperor; to indicate how life went on in Italy and the provinces, in the towns, in the countryside, and in the army camps; and to show how these two different worlds impinged on each other. Colin Wells's vivid account is now available in an up-to-date second edition.

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Author information

Colin Wells is Professor of Classical Studies, Trinity University.

Review quote

This concise but illuminating history of a government that provided peace and prosperity longer than any other has no equal. Antioch Review When a modest, single volume on the Roman Empire proves informative, provocative, and exciting, the reader gladly acknowledges an exceptional author. Professor Colin Wells is expert in the various aspects of Roman history, he reflects on issues independently and creatively, and he writes elegantly, and sometimes brilliantly. -- Eleanor G. Huzar Classical Outlook This is historical writing with a bite usually missing in fast surveys...Novices and advanced students of Roman history alike will be stimulated by this book to think deeply on a grand scale about matters of great importance in ancient history. -- Thomas R. Martin History Book Club Review An admirable volume. -- A. T. Kraabel Religious Studies Review

Table of contents

Preface to the Second Edition List of Maps and Illustrations List of Abbreviations Introduction I. The New Order II. The Sources III. The Work of Augustus IV. Italy under Augustus: the Social and Intellectual Climate V. The Consolidation of the Principate VI. The Army and the Provinces in the First Century AD VII. 'Emperors Made Elsewhere than at Rome': Galba to Trajan VIII. The State of Italy from Petronius to Pliny IX. The Orderly Government of the Empire: Hadrian to Marcus Aurelius X.'The Immeasurable Majesty of the Roman Peace' XI. An Age of Transition: Commodus to Maximinus the Thracian Maps Lists of dates: Reigns of Roman Emperors, Augustus to Diocletian Greek and Latin Authors Mentioned in this Book Further Reading Index of Citations General Index