The Roman Empire (Fontana History of the Ancient World S.)

by Colin Wells

Paperback, 1992



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Fontana Press (1992), Paperback


This history of the Roman Empire, from 44 BC to AD 235, has three purposes: to describe what was happening in the central administration of the Empire; to indicate how life went on in Italy and the provinces, in the towns, in the countryside, and in the army camps; and to show how these two different worlds impinged on each other. The book comprises a vivid account of the most intriguing period in ancient history.

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LibraryThing member the.ken.petersen
This is an excellent overview of the Roman Empire for those of us with little more than a schoolboy/girl understanding of the growth and decline of same.
The style is eminently readable and I found out many things that I did not previously know and enhanced the chronology of many more of which I had
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a vague knowledge. perhaps the most interesting thing to note is that, whilst the Empire might have grown in a planned manner, the cliques around the leadership gave rise to periods of violent and, in many cases, unforeseen change.
A potentially dry subject given an excellent rendition: I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.
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LibraryThing member BeauxArts79
Titillating yet concise -- thus, an intellectual amuse-bouche.


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384 p.; 7.64 inches


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