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Ancient Rome A Military and Political History

ISBN-10: 0521711495
ISBN-13: 9780521711494
Edition: 2007
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Description: Ancient Rome is a concise, comprehensive political and military history of the Roman Republic and Empire, from the origins of the city in the Italian Iron Age, until the deposition of the last emperor in 476 AD. Christopher Mackay describes how  More...

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Book details

List price: $27.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/13/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 412
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

Ancient Rome is a concise, comprehensive political and military history of the Roman Republic and Empire, from the origins of the city in the Italian Iron Age, until the deposition of the last emperor in 476 AD. Christopher Mackay describes how military events undermined the political institutions of the Republic, how the Empire was administered and controlled, why Christianity was adopted as the state religion under Constantine, and how military and economic pressures of the third and fourth centuries eventually led to the downfall of the Western empire. Illustrated with relevant art works from Rome's long history, this volume serves as an up-to-date overview of one of the most extraordinary civilizations in human history.

Christopher S. Mackay is Associate Professor in the Department of History and Classics at the University of Alberta.

Obscure Beginnings, to 264 B.C.
Foundations and kingdoms, to ca. 507 B.C.
Domestic history of the Early Republic, ca. 507 B.C. - ca. 287 B.C.
Conquest of Latium and Italy, ca. 507 B.C. - 264 B.C.
Conquest of the Mediterranean, 264 B.C. - 146 B.C.
Struggle with Carthage, 264 B.C. - 146 B.C.
Wars in the East, 215 B.C. - 146 B.C.
Conquest of Spain 218 B.C. - 134 B.C.
Effects of the conquests on Rome
Collapse of the Republic, 133 B.C. - 27 B.C.
Assault on the oligarchy, 133 B.C. - 81 B.C.
Restored oligarchy, 81 B.C. - 59 B.C.
Caeser and the end of republican government, 59 B.C. - 44 B.C.
Conflict of the warlords, 44 B.C. - 27 B.C.
Politics in the Late Republic
The Principate, 27 B.C. - A.D. 235
Augustus and establishment of the Principate, 31 B.C. - A.D. 14
Julio-Claudian Dynasty, A.D. 14 - A.D. 68
Civil war and the Flavian Dynasty, A.D. 68 - A.D. 96
Pinnacle of the Principate, A.D. 96 - A.D. 192
Civil war and the Severan Dynasty, A.D. 193 - A.D. 235
Institutions of the Principate
The Late Empire, A.D. 235 - A.D. 476
Militatry and dynastic crisis, A.D. 235 - A.D. 284
Rise of Christianity
Diocletian and the restoration of imperial authority, A.D. 284 - A.D. 305
Civil war and the triumph of Constantine and Christianity, A.D. 305 - A.D. 337
Heyday of the Christian Empire, A.D. 337 - A.D. 395
Demise of the Empire in the West, A.D. 395 - A.D. 476
Epilogue: Survival and transformation of the Empire in the East after A.D. 476

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