Rome An Empire's Story

ISBN-10: 0199325189
ISBN-13: 9780199325184
Edition: 2014
Authors: Greg Woolf
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Description: The 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  More...

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List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/1/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 9.20" wide x 6.10" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.672
Language: English

The 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.

#60;b#62;Greg Woolf#60;/b#62; is Professor of Ancient History at the University of St. Andrews. He is the author of #60;i#62;Becoming Roman: The Origins of Provincial Civilization in Gaul#60;/i#62; (1998), as well as the co-editor of #60;i#62;Literacy and Power in the Ancient World#60;/i#62; (1994), and #60;i#62;Rome the Cosmopolis#60;/i#62; (2003). In addition, Professor Woolf is editor of the #60;i#62;Journal of Roman Studies#60;/i#62; and has written numerous articles on Roman history.

List of Illustrations
List of Maps
Notes on Further Reading
The Whole Story
Empires of the Mind
Rulers of Italy
Imperial Ecology
Mediterranean Hegemony
Slavery and Empire
Crisis
At Heaven's Command?
The Generals
The Enjoyment of Empire
Emperors
Resourcing Empire
War
Imperial Identities
Recovery and Collapse
A Christian Empire
Things Fall Apart
The Roman Past and the Roman Future
Notes
Bibliography
Glossary of Technical Terms
Photographic Acknowledgements
Index

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