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Roman Empire : Very Short Introduction

Roman Empire : Very Short Introduction - 06 edition

ISBN13: 978-0192803917

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ISBN13: 978-0192803917
ISBN10: 0192803913
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Publisher: Oxford University Press
Published: 2006
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Roman Empire : Very Short Introduction - 06 edition

ISBN13: 978-0192803917

Christopher Kelly

ISBN13: 978-0192803917
ISBN10: 0192803913
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 06
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Published: 2006
International: No
Summary

The Roman Empire was a remarkable achievement. It had a population of sixty million people spread across lands encircling the Mediterranean and stretching from northern England to the sun-baked banks of the Euphrates, and from the Rhine to the North African coast. It was, above all else, an empire of force--employing a mixture of violence, suppression, order, and tactical use of power to develop an astonishingly uniform culture.

Here, historian Christopher Kelly covers the history of the Empire from Augustus to Marcus Aurelius, describing the empire's formation, and its political, religious, cultural, and social structures. It looks at the daily lives of the Empire's people: both those in Rome as well as those living in its furthest colonies. Romans used astonishing logistical feats, political savvy, and military oppression to rule their vast empire. This Very Short Introduction examines how they "romanised" the cultures they conquered, imposing their own culture in order to subsume them completely. The book also looks at how the Roman Empire has been considered and depicted in more recent times, from the writings of Edward Gibbon to the Hollywood blockbuster Gladiator . It will prove a valuable introduction for readers interested in classical history.

Table of Contents

1. Conquest
2. Imperial Power
3. Collusion
4. History Wars
5. Christians to the Lions
6. Living and Dying
7. Rome Revisited

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