The Romans and Their World: A Short Introduction

The Romans and Their World: A Short Introduction


By (author) Brian Campbell


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  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 166mm x 234mm x 34mm | 739g
  • Publication date: 10 January 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New Haven
  • ISBN 10: 0300117957
  • ISBN 13: 9780300117950
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: 42 black-&-white illustrations + 10 maps, 5 plans
  • Sales rank: 1,621,517

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This one-volume history of the Roman world begins with the early years of the republic and carries the story nearly a thousand years forward to 476, when Romulus Augustus, the last Western Roman emperor, was deposed. Brian Campbell, respected scholar and teacher, presents a fascinating and wide-ranging introduction to Rome, drawing on an array of ancient sources and covering topics of interest to readers with little prior background in Roman history as well as those already familiar with the great civilization. Campbell explores several themes, including the fall of the republic, the impact of colorful and diverse emperors on imperial politics, the administrative structure of empire, and the Roman army and how warfare affected the Roman world. He also surveys cultural and social life, including religion and the rise of Christianity. Generously enhanced with maps and illustrations, this book is a rich and inspiring account of a mighty civilization and the citizens who made it so.

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Brian Campbell is professor of Roman history, Queen's University, Belfast. He lives in Belfast, UK.

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"[A] lucid new survey of Roman history."-Adam Kirsch, New Yorker -- Adam Kirsch The New Yorker Selected by Choice as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2012 -- Outstanding Academic Title Choice "[Campbell] masterfully discusses military affairs (as expected from this scholar) ... Excellent translations of ancient sources enliven the text... rare will be the scholar who also does not learn from Campbell."-P.B. Harvey Jr., Choice -- P.B. Harvey Jr. Choice