Rome: An Empires Story

Paperback | November 5, 2013

byGreg Woolf

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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 theWest'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 whichresulted 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 intovivid 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 theprocess 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.

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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, an...

Greg Woolf is Professor of Ancient History at the University of St Andrews. He is the author of Et Tu, Brute?: A Short History of Political Murder and editor of The Cambridge Illustrated History of the Roman World.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:November 5, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199325189

ISBN - 13:9780199325184

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Table of Contents

IntroductionNotes on Further Reading1. The Whole Story2. Empires of the Mind3. Rulers of Italy4. Imperial Ecology5. Mediterranean Hegemony6. Slavery and Empire7. Crisis8. At Heaven's Command?9. The Generals10. The Enjoyment of Empire11. Emperors12. Resourcing Empire13. War14. Imperial Identities15. Recovery and Collapse16. A Christian Empire17. Things Fall Apart18. The Roman Past and the Roman FutureKey Dates in Roman HistoryBibliographyEndnotes

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"Could [this] be the best single-volume introduction to the history of ancient Rome? It is conceptual yet avoids the pitfalls of overgeneralizing, a difficult balance to strike. It also has a superb (useful rather than exhaustive) bibliography. A good measure of books such as this is whetherthey induce you to read or order other books on the same topic and this one did. A sure thing to make my 'Best Books of 2012' list." --Tyler Cowen, Marginal Revolution