The Romans For Dummies

The Romans For Dummies

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By (author) Guy De La Bedoyere

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  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 464 pages
  • Dimensions: 186mm x 244mm x 26mm | 862g
  • Publication date: 28 February 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Chichester
  • ISBN 10: 0470030771
  • ISBN 13: 9780470030776
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations, maps
  • Sales rank: 250,472

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"A must for anyone interested in the Roman Empire and its impact on world history." -Tony Robinson star of Blackadder and Time Team. This entertaining and informative guide introduces readers to the amazing world of ancient Rome and its emperors, epic wars, awesome architecture, heroes, and villains. With a complete rundown of Roman history alongside fascinating insights into the lives of everyday Romans, readers will discover the amazing people and events involved in the rise and fall of one of the greatest of all ancient civilisations and how its influence can still be felt around the world today. Guy de la Bedoyere is a historian, archaeologist, and Roman expert, he is well known for his numerous books and appearances on TV, especially Channel 4's Time Team.

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Guy de la Bedoyere is a freelance writer and broadcaster who took a history and archaeology degree at Durham University, followed by a history degree at the University of London specialising in Roman history, with papers in US history. Next came an MA in Roman Empire archaeology at University College, London. He has written many books on his specialist field of Roman Britain and is well-known for his numerous appearances on television, especially Channel 4's Time Team in Britain. He has also written books on a variety of other historical subjects, including the papers of Samuel Pepys, and is a Fellow of the Royal Numismatic Society. His other interests include playing the piano, travelling in the United States, and studying genealogy. He lives in Lincolnshire, England.

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"A must for anyone interested in the Roman Empire and its impact on world history." --Tony Robinson star of Blackadder and Time TeamExplore one of the most exciting eras in ancient historyThis entertaining and informative guide introduces readers to the amazing world of ancient Rome and its emperors, epic wars, awesome architecture, heroes, and villains. With a complete rundown of Roman history alongside fascinating insights into the lives of everyday Romans, readers will discover the amazing people and events involved in the rise and fall of one of the greatest of all ancient civilisations and how its influence can still be felt around the world today.Discover: How the Romans came to rule the worldThe lastinglegacy of Roman society, culture, economics, and industry around the worldThe good, the bad, and the very bad Roman rulersRoman religion, beliefs, and worshipHow the Romans enjoyed themselves

Table of contents

Introduction 1 Part I: Romans - The Big Boys of the Ancient World 7 Chapter 1: The Romans: Shaping Their World and Ours 9 Chapter 2: It's the Cash That Counts: Roman Social Classes 29 Chapter 3: Stairway to the Stars: The Greasy Path to Power 47 Chapter 4: Rural Bliss - Roman Dreamland 61 Chapter 5: When We Were Soldiers 71 Part II: Living the Good Life 87 Chapter 6: The Urban Jungle 89 Chapter 7: Making the Roman Machine Work 103 Chapter 8: Entertainments: Epic and Domestic 121 Chapter 9: Divine Intervention 143 Part III: The Rise of Rome 165 Chapter 10: Kings? No, Maybe Not - Republicans 167 Chapter 11: This Town Isn't Big Enough for All of Us - Seizing Italy 185 Chapter 12: Carthage and the First Two Punic Wars 199 Chapter 13: While We're at It - Let's Conquer Everywhere Else, Too 215 Part IV: When Romans Ruled the World 225 Chapter 14: Reform and Civil War 227 Chapter 15: Daggers Drawn - The Fall of the Republic 255 Chapter 16: Augustus and the Caesars - Plots, Perverts, and Paranoia 271 Chapter 17: The Five Good Emperors 303 Part V: Throwing the Empire Away 317 Chapter 18: More Civil War, Auctioning the Empire, and Paranoid Lunatics 319 Chapter 19: The Age of the Thug - The Third Century's Soldier Emperors 331 Chapter 20: East Is East and West Is West: Diocletian and Constantine 347 Chapter 21: The Barbarians Are Coming! The End of Rome 369 Part VI: The Part of Tens 389 Chapter 22: Ten Turning Points in Roman History 391 Chapter 23: Ten Interesting and Occasionally Good Romans 395 Chapter 24: Ten (Mostly) Bad Romans401 Chapter 25: Ten of Rome's Greatest Enemies 407 Chapter 26: Ten (or So) Great Roman Places to Visit 413 Index 419