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Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire [Kindle Edition]

Simon Baker
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“Rome is revealed as it really was – gritty, magnificent and sometimes pretty sordid. Splendid stuff.”
Manchester Evening News

“Brings the distant past to fully fleshed life.”
The Good Book Guide

“Highly recommended.”
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“An entertaining but rigorous antidote to the fast-and-loose-with-the-truth approach.”
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An accessible and highly entertaining single-volume history of Ancient Rome


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 2219 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 448 Seiten
  • Verlag: BBC Digital (30. September 2010)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B003ZDO8S4
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent 19. Februar 2011
An excellent book that keeps the reader fascinated, from the foundation of Rome and the Roman empire through the multitude of historical events eventually leading to its descent into disintegration. The vivid style puts you in the middle of the struggles between Senate, emperors and the military. You can look over the shoulders of great figures like Julius Caesar, Augustus or Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus, better known as Nero. But in the end not a Roman emperor keeps the upper hand, instead the 'barbarian' king Odovacar brings the Western half of the Roman empire to its ultimate conclusion.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Snapshots of Roman History 31. August 2010
Von Anibal Madeira - Veröffentlicht auf
This book is the companion to the extremely interesting BBC docudrama series "Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire". The chapters are the same as the series episodes (although in a more logical chronological order), providing background and detail to the events. Reading the book and watching the show, gives the layman a decent knowledge on the event or character and the following repercussions.

Obviously this work has limitations, but contrary to the usual works designed for the general public, Professor Simon Baker from Oxford gives us an unbiased and very accurate depiction of the events.

This work includes 16 pages of color photographs and a good bibliography providing ancient and modern sources for each separate chapters.

After a great introduction by Mary Beard (consultant to the BBC series, a renowned academic and the author of one of the greatest books on Roman History "Pompeii"), Professor Baker gives us a short introduction on the beginnings of Rome. Then the intrigue, adventure, treasons, great rulers and despicable autocrats of the roman world come to life in the following Chapters:

I - Revolution (the affluence of wealth to Rome from the domination of the mediterranean area generated bigger social differences and conflicts; the rise of Tiberius Grachus and his death)
II - Caesar (the death of the Republic) and August
III - Nero (from promising ruler under Seneca and Burro, to an irresponsible and irreverent autocrat)
IV - Rebellion (the Judean war and the rise of Vespasian) and Hadrian
V - Constantine (a new paradigm)
VI - The fall of Rome (and its dependence on external forces for protection)

The chapters focus not only on the events in themselves, but also on the background that led to them, the main characters and also what happened after the dust settled.

Obviously there are many important periods and personalities in roman history that aren't detailed in this work, but to introduce someone to this civilization that decisively influenced western culture, this book is perfect.

Highly recommended (both the book and the series).
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A very good overview of Ancient Rome 5. September 2009
Von Omar Masood - Veröffentlicht auf
Given the length of the Roman Empire (and as advertised this book covers the origins of the empire from a small city-state), its breadth, its complexity, and its historical importance it is impossible to go in depth in a book of this length. Roman specialists should find a lengthier, more detailed book but for those who are new to Rome (like me), or seeking to acquire just a general understanding of one of the most important--and arguably the most important--civilization in world history this book passes with flying colors.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Well Worth Reading 7. Mai 2008
Von J. Chippindale - Veröffentlicht auf
For anyone interested in the history and events that took place in the Roman Empire this book is like manna from heaven. The author relates Roman history in such a way that the book almost reads like a novel, being both exciting and educational. But if truth be told this is far more interesting than any novel.

Rome was after all one of the greatest, if not the greatest empire ever known. There are figures from its past that stick out like beacons. Probably the greatest of them all Julius Caesar and of course his main adversary Pompey. Others out of the many notables include Mark Antony, Nero, Claudius and many more.

There were also Rome's great buildings. The Forum, the circus maximus and the Flavian amphitheatre, now more commonly known as the Colosseum, all built to show potential enemies the might that was Rome. Then on to the true might of Rome, its Legions. An army that comprised the greatest fighting force the world had ever seen. Because of their discipline and rigid training they were at that period in history, virtually unbeatable.

The author pulls all these facts together beautifully to make a book that is not only informative and educational but also high readable as well.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wonderful Overview, and interesting read... 5. Februar 2011
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I am a post-graduate student who is writing his thesis on Marcus Aurelius (He was one of the so called 5 Good Emperors). Anyway needless to say I have studied the Roman Empire extensivly. I read this book, because it was recomended to me by a fellow student. I was not going to read it, as it is a broad overview of a civilization that can hardly be expected to adequately fit into roughly 400 pages. To me it seemed a survey book for those wishing to get a general grasp of the time period, however curiosity got the better of me and I decided to read the book to see this authors take on the subject. Being a survey book I could see no other reason to read it. I was pleasantly suprised. I found the book to read like a novel. Overall the author nails the mood of the time period and inserts the facts needed for an introduction to what Ancient Rome was, where it came from, how it evolved, and the seeds of its undoing. I also enjoyed the period pieces that the author chose to write about, because to fit every major event in Rome's history into 400 pages would be impossible!
Overall I found this book to be an excellent starting point for anyone wishing to learn about Ancient Rome, its culture, politics, military, and what Rome's accomplishments have meant to western civilization.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Rome (Not) so Ancient 24. Januar 2010
Von Stephen End - Veröffentlicht auf
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Reading Ancient Rome is like reading a modern novel. The characters happen to exist two thousand years ago and yet (other than a name change ) it is like reading about powerful folks of to days generation. Would highly recommend to anyone that has seen movies about Rome or watched the TV series " Rome " and need a little more detail on life as it was.
I am sure there are books on Rome that cover the main characters of Rome ...whats nice about this particular version is the modern treatment of those characters.


Stephen End
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