The Encyclopedia of the Ancient Roman Empire

The Encyclopedia of the Ancient Roman Empire

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Rome may have fallen in the late fifth century CE, but more than 1,500 years later its mark on Europe and around the Mediterranean is still evident. It's not just in the roads, aqueducts and settlements, though, that Rome's immense legacy can be found. Or even in more recent buildings - from the Renaissance to the present day - that have been constructed in a neoclassical style. We need only look at modern law, which is based on principles developed during the Roman Empire. Or modern philosophy, which stands on the shoulders of work by Seneca and others. And although Latin may be a dead language, we still use it in scientific classification - even for newly coined words.
From Augustus's reign as the First Emperor of Rome to the Barbarian invasions beginning in the 5th century CE, The Encyclopedia of the Ancient Roman Empire is an outstanding celebration of the glory that was the Roman Empire. Ranging from military expansion to life within a Roman legion, from Pompeii to Jerusalem to Constantinople, from political assassinations to gladiatorial games, from the Roman Catacombs to Hadrian's Wall, and from the Jewish Revolt to early Christianity, the book expertly explores the political, cultural, social and religious history of the Roman Empire. This is the story of Marcus Agrippa, Caligula, Claudius, Hadrian, Livia and Hadrian - and many others.
Accessibly written and with a wealth of colour illustrations and photographs, The Encyclopedia of the Ancient Roman Empire is a fascinating reference work for any home.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 225 x 285 x 40mm | 1,707g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 400 photos and artworks; 400 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1782746943
  • 9781782746942
  • 926,487

Table of contents

Octavian's Rise to Power
Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa arrives on the scene The Battle of Modena
The defeat of Sextus Pompey
Mark Antony and Cleopatra
Mark Antony's Will Battle of Actium
Emperor Augustus
A new Romulus
The praetorian guard
The Ara Pacis
The famine of 22 bc Augustus and the Barbarians The death of Agrippa
The Pantheon
The victory of the Claudians Livia, First Empress
The mausoleum of Augustus: Rome, Capital of the Empire
Tiberius and Caligula
The northern frontier
The disappearance of Livy
The foreign policy of Tiberius Germanicus
The retreat of Tiberius to Capri
The great cameo of France
Tiberius's refuge in Capri
The death of Livia and the fall of Sejanus The Praetorians
Caligula ascends the throne Assassination of Caligula
A Scholar on the Throne
Adulations of the Sovereign
Roman dwellings under Claudius
The marriages of Claudius
Mauritania and the kingdom of Palestine Herod Agrippa
The expedition to Britannia
The conquest of Britannia
Messalina: the two faces of an empress The plot between Messalina and Silius Agrippina Minor
The poisoning of Claudius
The Legions of Rome
The Monarchy of Nero
The fate of Britannicus
The consolidation of the bureaucracy Commerce and taxes under Nero The attempted matricide
Adultery with Poppaea
The Armenian dispute
The Burning of Rome Reconstruction of Rome
Seneca's suicide
Jewish Revolt
Four Caesars in a single year
The legions of Lucius Verginius Rufus Nero's death
The Battle of Bedriacum
Vespasian's acclamation
Vespasian's ascent to the throne Roman Villas and Imperial Palaces Hadrian's Villa
The Flavian Dynasty
The death of Vitellius Vespasian's rise to power The fall of Jerusalem
The end of the Jewish war Reconstructing the borders The conquest of Masada Social reform
The Colosseum
The brief reign of Titus Titus and Berenice of Cilicia The eruption of Vesuvius Pompeii

The Reign of Domitian & Trajan
The 'Bald Nero'
Administration of the empire
The imperial program in Rome
Consolidating the borders
The Domus Flavia
The campaigns of Julius Agricola in Britannia Economic policies
Domitia Longina
Early Christianity
The Catacombs
The Good Emperors
Emperor Nerva Trajan
The Dacian Wars Trajan's city in Dacia Trajan's government The Parthian War
The Travelling Emperor
Hadrian's Travels
Hadrian's Wall
The government of Hadrianus Augustus The reconstruction of Agrippa's pantheon
Hadrian and the Greek world
Eastern Cults in Rome
The Mature Empire
Marcus Aurelius
A long period of prosperity Antoninus Pius
The Parthian War
The Marcomannic War Galens and Roman medicine Faustina the Younger
The Avidius Cassius revolt The besieged fortress
The End of an Era
Commodus - a controversial reign The gladiatorial games
Trade in Imperial Rome
The murder of Commodus 'Panem et circenses'
The Colosseum Charioteers Circus maximus
From the Severans to the Tetrachy
The Era of the Severans Leptis Magna
The baths of Caracella The Military Anarchy Shapur I versus Rome The Illyrian Emperors Diocletian
The persecution of Christians
The Nabataeans and the Palmyrenes Petra
From Constantine to Theodosius
The battle of Milvian Bridge
The baptism and death of Constantine the
The arch of Constantine The Church of Constantine Julian the Apostate Valentinian Dynasty
The battle of Adrianople The death of Theodosius
The Fall of the Empire
The Theodosian Wall of Constantinople Crossing of the Rhine
Alaric and the sack of Rome
Barbarian migrations
The reign of Valentinian III
Attila the Hun
Rise of Aetius
Hun invasions
Death throes of the empire
Society in the late Empire
Rise of the new men
The city of Lugo Bureaucracy and corruption

Climate and disease
The Fayum Mummy Portraits
Philosophy and Religion in the Late Empire
Neoplatonism and Christianity Gnosticism and Manichaeism Plotinus and his system Education in the Empire Heresies and Pagan cults
The Christianization of the Empire
The expansion of Christianity
The early Church in Ravenna
The Sarcophagus of Junius Bassus Debates and heresies
The Coptic Church
St Augustine of Hippo
the Roman Basilica
The Germanic Kingdoms
Kingdom of the Visigoths
The barbarian kingdoms - foederati of Rome Code of Euric
Kingdom of the Suebi
Battle of Vouille
Kingdom of the Vandals
Kingdom of the Franks
The rise of the kingdom of Clovis the Frank Kingdom of the Burgundians
Anglo-Saxon kingdoms
Timelines Index
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About Carlos Gomez

Carlos Gomez is an established writer and editor specializing in history and has worked on a number of titles on the ancient world. He has worked in publishing for many years and is currently enjoying retirement.
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