Ancient Rome: From Romulus To Justinian

Paperback | September 10, 2013

byThomas R. Martin

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A beautifully written history of the ancient Roman civilization, with a unique focus on the values that propelled its rise and fall

With commanding skill, Thomas R. Martin tells the remarkable and dramatic story of how a tiny, poor, and threatened settlement grew to become, during its height, the dominant power in the Mediterranean world for five hundred years. Encompassing the period from Rome's founding in the eighth century B.C. through Justinian's rule in the sixth century A.D., he offers a distinctive perspective on the Romans and their civilization by employing fundamental Roman values as a lens through which to view both their rise and spectacular fall.

Interweaving social, political, religious, and cultural history, Martin interprets the successes and failures of the Romans in war, political organization, quest for personal status, and in the integration of religious beliefs and practices with government. He focuses on the central role of social and moral values in determining individual conduct as well as decisions of state, from monarchy to republic to empire. Striving to reconstruct ancient history from the ground up, he includes frequent references to ancient texts and authors, encouraging readers to return to the primary sources. Comprehensive, concise, and accessible, this masterful account provides a unique window into Rome and its changing fortune.

 

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A beautifully written history of the ancient Roman civilization, with a unique focus on the values that propelled its rise and fall With commanding skill, Thomas R. Martin tells the remarkable and dramatic story of how a tiny, poor, and threatened settlement grew to become, during its height, the dominant power in the Mediterranean wor...

Thomas R. Martin is professor of Classics at the College of the Holy Cross. His publications include Ancient Greece: From Prehistoric to Hellenistic Times, Herodotus and Sima Qian: The First Great Historians of Greece and China, and, as co-author, The Making of the West: Peoples and Cultures.  He lives in Sutton, MA.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:September 10, 2013Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0300198310

ISBN - 13:9780300198317

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"Some 20 years after the success of his Ancient Greece: From Prehistoric to Hellenistic Times (Yale UP), Thomas R Martin gives the same treatment to a potted history fo Rome, with great success. [...] It is to the credit of the author that, even in a few pages, there seem to be no omissions of events, incidents or figures who helped shape the history of Rome. [...] It remains ... an immensely readable and enagaging history, which shows incredible breadth, given its brevity." —Geoff Lowsley, Minerva