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    DescriptionThe very idea of empire was created in ancient Rome and even today traces of its monuments, literature, and institutions can be found across Europe, the Near East, and North Africa--and sometimes even further afield. In Rome, historian Greg Woolf expertly recounts how this mammoth empire was created, how it was sustained in crisis, and how it shaped the world of its rulers and subjects--a story spanning a millennium and a half of history. The personalities and events of Roman history have become part of the West's cultural lexicon, and Woolf provides brilliant retellings of each of these, from the war with Carthage to Octavian's victory over Cleopatra, from the height of territorial expansion under the emperors Trajan and Hadrian to the founding of Constantinople and the barbarian invasions which resulted in Rome's ultimate collapse. Throughout, Woolf carefully considers the conditions that made Rome's success possible and so durable, covering topics as diverse as ecology, slavery, and religion. Woolf also compares Rome to other ancient empires and to its many later imitators, bringing into vivid relief the Empire's most distinctive and enduring features. As Woolf demonstrates, nobody ever planned to create a state that would last more than a millennium and a half, yet Rome was able, in the end, to survive barbarian migrations, economic collapse and even the conflicts between a series of world religions that had grown up within its borders, in the process generating an image and a myth of empire that is apparently indestructible. Based on new research and compellingly told, this sweeping account promises to eclipse all previously published histories of the empire.


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    Title
    Rome
    Subtitle
    An Empires Story
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Greg Woolf
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 366
    Width: 163 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 771 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780199775293
    ISBN 10: 019977529X
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAR
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    Libri: I-HP
    DC21: 937.06
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ITALY
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    DC22: 937.06
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A14202040
    LC subject heading:
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15540
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA1
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002020
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    DC22: 937/.06
    LC subject heading: , , ,
    LC classification: JC89 .W66 2012
    Thema V1.0: NHDA
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations, maps, figures
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press, USA
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press, USA
    Publication date
    10 July 2012
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Author Information
    Greg Woolf is Professor of Ancient History at the University of St Andrews. He is the author of Et Tu, Brute?: A Short History of Political Murder and editor of The Cambridge Illustrated History of the Roman World.
    Review quote
    "In this passionately told exploration of the history of Rome, Woolf peers closely at what enabled Rome to resist defeats and capitalize on victories, and how it evolved to face new needs and new threats. With dazzling detail, Woolf retells the long story from Rome's birth in 753 B.C.E. to the republic, the empire, and the empire's fall"--Publishers Weekly "Excellent...Understanding the history of Rome is not a simple task...for those already with such an interest, Woolf's book will be a joy to read. For those not yet intrigued by Rome, it may well set them on that path."--Adrian Goldsworthy, The National Interest "Exceptionally interesting and provocative reading."--Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post "Could [this] be the best single-volume introduction to the history of ancient Rome? It is conceptual yet avoids the pitfalls of overgeneralizing, a difficult balance to strike. It also has a superb (useful rather than exhaustive) bibliography. A good measure of books such as this is whether they induce you to read or order other books on the same topic and this one did. A sure thing to make my 'Best Books of 2012' list."--Tyler Cowen, Marginal Revolution "This is a marvellous book. Woolf provides a sweeping history of Rome's rise and fall, and asks the big questions of why and how this happened. Better yet, he offers no simple or simplistic answers, but instead well considered discussion of the evidence and how we try to understand it."--Adrian Goldsworthy, author of How Rome Fell: Death of a Superpower and Caesar: Life of a Colossus "Explanations for how Rome came to bestride the Mediterranean world puzzled ancient no less than modern historians, and Woolf's attention to enduring preoccupations, as with the fall of the republic and its succession by the emperors, endows his treatment with debate-like liveliness...a fine foundation for further learning about the Roman Empire."--Booklist "How a single-volume history of Rom