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Complete Idiot's Guide to the Roman Empire

ISBN-10: 0028641515
ISBN-13: 9780028641515
Edition: 2002
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List price: $18.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 408
Size: 7.25" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.628
Language: English

Have you ever realized how much of your daily life is influenced by the contributions of the Romans? Satire, tax shelters, interstate highways, sports stadiums, health clubs and others are just a few of the influences we can recognize today. But how much do you really know about the origins and history of the Roman Empire? In The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Roman Empire you'll learn how the Romans conquered the world, a description of every day life, an in-depth look at Roman society, politics and architecture and an inside look at the famous (and infamous) Roman emperors.

All Roads Lead to Rome
Dead Culture, Dead Language, Dead Emperors: Why Bother?
Some Surprising Facts About Rome and the Romans
So What Do You Mean by "Rome"?
Roman History in a Box
Roman Literature in a Box
Rome FAQ: Hot Topics in Brief
How Did They Do It? Conquering the World
Two Thumbs Up! Games and Gladiators
In Chains: Slaves and Slavery
Almost in Chains? Roman Women
Lives of the Rich and Famous: The Roman Emperors
Going Over Like a Lead Pipe: Why Did Rome Fall?
How Do We Know? Discovering the Romans
Digging In: Ruins, Remains, and Archeological Sites
Words and Texts
Club Mediterrania: Rome in the Context of Other Civilizations
The Near East
Civilizations on the African Continent
The Greeks and Greece
Gauls and Other Barbarians
Rome Before the Romans: Ancient Italy
Location, Location, Location: The Site of the City of Rome
Seven Hills and One Big Sewer: Rome Becomes a City
Virgin Bears Twins! Myths of Rome's Founding
Generals, Slaves, and Entrepreneurs: The Various Kings of Rome
Throw the Bums Out! The Roman Revolution and the Beginning of the Republic
The Aristocratic Republic
Trouble in River City: The Conflict of the Orders
So...Wait a Minute Here
Rome Wasn't Built in a Day: The Roman Republic (509-27 B.C.E.)
On Golden Pond: Rome Conquers Italy and the Mediterranean
You Will Be Assimilated: Rome Conquers Italy (500-270 B.C.E.)
Never Out of Africa: Rome Conquers Carthage
Go East Young Man: Rome Conquers Greece and the East
The Wild West
Let's Conquer...Ourselves! The Roman Revolution and the End of the Republic
King of the Hill
He's So Popular: The Gracchae
Marius and Sulla
Kids These Days: Pompey and Caesar
Crossing the Rubicon: The Civil War
Snakes and Daggers: The Deaths of Anthony and Cleopatra
Rome, Rome on the Range: Romans at Home
How the Romans Saw Themselves
Public and Private Life
Religion
Slaves and Slavery
The Romans Among Themselves
Patricians and Plebs: Social Structure and Divisions
Politics and Political Structure
Law
"Roman" Religion
Collegia
The Army
Military Service
The Romans at Large
Some Citizens Are More Equal Than Others
Follow the Money: Administration and the Perks of Conquest
Work, Work, Work
Literature and Culture of the Republic
Importing Culture: Early "Roman" Literature and History
Liberals at Large: The Scipionic Circle
Made in Rome: Cato and Catonism
Latin Comes into Its Own: The First Century B.C.E.
Marcus Tullius Cicero (Cicero)
Golden Oldies
The Augustan Period
If They Build It: Roman Engineering
The Empire Wore Cement Shoes
How All Roads Led to (and from) Rome
You Can't Lead a City to Water, But
I Like to Watch: Theaters and Amphitheaters
Urban Planning
Building for Victory
Empire Without End: Roman Imperial History
Easing into Empire
Okay, Now What?
The Augustan Ages
Rome Under Augustus
Not Too Successful with Succession
All in the Family: The Julio-Claudian Emperors
Tiberius (C.E. 14-37)
Gaius (Caligula) (C.E. 37-41)
Claudius (C.E. 41-54)
Nero (C.E. 54-68)
The (Mostly) Good Emperors: The Flavians to Marcus Aurelius
The Year of Living Dangerously
Working Stiffs to Lord and God: The Flavian Dynasty
Adopting a Better Succession Policy: The Five Good Emperors
The (Mostly) Not-So-Good Emperors: Commodus to Aurelian
A "Good" Hangover: Commodus to the Severi
The Severi
Another Day, Another Emperor (235-284)
Divide and (Re)Conquer: Diocletian to Constantine
Diocletian (284-305)
Maxentius and Constantine
Constantine the Great (324-337)
Barbarians at the Gates: The Fall of the Western Empire
"My Three Sons"
Can't Rewind: Julian the Apostate (361-363)
Roman Gothic: Theodosius to Alaric and the Sack of Rome
The End Is Near
The Western "Fall"
Roman Imperial Life and Culture
Roman Mass Culture of the Imperial Period
The Fabric of Empire
Civis Romanus Sum: The Roman Citizen of the World
Ring Around the Latin Empire
(Un)Protected Sects: Religions, Tolerance, and Persecutions
Family, Public, and Personal Religious Practice
Protected Sects: Religious Philosophy and Mystery Religions
Unprotected Sects: Druids, Jews, and Christians
Cogito Ergo Sum: The Life of the Mind
The Silver Age of Latin Literature
How To, and Bet You Didn't Know
It's Greek to Everyone
Early Christian Writers
From Marcus Aurelius Until the Fall of Rome
That's Entertainment! Public Spectacles
The Liked to Watch
History of the Games
The Circus
Gladiators
Why?
Where Did the Romans Go?
And the East Goes On
Nova Roma (Constantinople)
Byzantine History: It's Called "Byzantine" for a Reason
Nothing Quiet on the Western Front
Rome After the Fall
The Empire Strikes Back
The New Romans
Et Tu Brute: You're a Roman, Too
Appendixes
Timeline
Finding the Romans on Earth and in Cyberspace
Lights, Camera, Actio! A Short List of Rome and Romans in Film
Glossary
Index

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