Ancient Rome

Ancient Rome

From Romulus to Justinian

eBook - 2012
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A beautifully written history of the ancient Roman civilization, with a unique focus on the values that propelled its rise and fall


With commanding skill, Thomas R. Martin tells the remarkable and dramatic story of how a tiny, poor, and threatened settlement grew to become, during its height, the dominant power in the Mediterranean world for five hundred years. Encompassing the period from Rome's founding in the eighth century B.C. through Justinian's rule in the sixth century A.D., he offers a distinctive perspective on the Romans and their civilization by employing fundamental Roman values as a lens through which to view both their rise and spectacular fall.

Interweaving social, political, religious, and cultural history, Martin interprets the successes and failures of the Romans in war, political organization, quest for personal status, and in the integration of religious beliefs and practices with government. He focuses on the central role of social and moral values in determining individual conduct as well as decisions of state, from monarchy to republic to empire. Striving to reconstruct ancient history from the ground up, he includes frequent references to ancient texts and authors, encouraging readers to return to the primary sources. Comprehensive, concise, and accessible, this masterful account provides a unique window into Rome and its changing fortune.



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Presents a history of the ancient Roman civilization, with a focus on the values that propelled its rise and fall.

Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, 2012
ISBN: 9780300161335
0300161336
0300160046
9780300160048
9781283656542
128365654X
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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