- Taschenbuch: 384 Seiten
- Verlag: Oxford University Press (7. November 2013)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0199677514
- ISBN-13: 978-0199677511
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,6 x 1,9 x 21,5 cm
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Rome: An Empire's Story (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 7. November 2013
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a remarkable work of synthesis that describes the rise, flourishing and decline of the Roman Empire * David Gress, Wall Street Journal * Greg Woolf's dazzling account of ancient Rome's story will entrance the general reader ... [and] will equally impress historians ... the best general history of ancient Rome available in English. * Ronald Mellor, Times Higher Education Supplement * 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 whether they 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 * Makes for exceptionally interesting and provocative reading. * Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post * This is overall a magnificent achievement. * Peter Jones, BBC History Magazine * Greg Woolf's new history will be a boon for the student and general reader alike. * The Scotsman * This is a marvellous book. Woolf provides a sweeping history of Rome's rise and fall, and asks the big questions of why and how this happened. Better yet, he offers no simple or simplistic answers, but instead well considered discussion of the evidence and how we try to understand it * Adrian Goldsworthy, author of How Rome Fell * [a] passionately told exploration of the history of Rome * Publishers Weekly * A fine foundation for further learning about the Roman Empire. * Booklist * Excellent ... for those with such an interest, Woolf's book will be a joy to read. * Adrian Goldsworthy, The National Interest *
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Greg Woolf is Professor of Ancient History at the University of St Andrews. He has held visiting appointments in France, Germany, Italy and Brazil and has lectured widely around the world. He has published research on a wide range of topics in ancient history and Roman archaeology including ancient literacy, European prehistory, the Roman economy and ancient patronage. He maintains an interest in the comparative historical sociology of ancient empires. More recently he has been working on ancient science, in particularly ethnography, and on Roman religion. He currently holds a Major Research Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust for a project on the origins of religious pluralism.
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I was disappointed, however, by chapter XIII, "War", which covers Rome's crisis in the 3rd century AD. Earlier chapters alluded to this critical juncture in Rome's history, and the concluding passages suggested that, although Rome largely recovered and the Western empire continued for another two centuries, things were never the same afterwards. But the chapter itself is frustratingly vague; apparently, there was an unprecedented number of barbarian invasions, and these invasions managed first to overrun the heavily defended frontiers and next to run amok in the soft inner territories. But the chapter fails to describe how these pressures were unique.
The lack of substance in chapter 13 was so noticeable that, after finishing the book, I went back and reread it, thinking I must have been inattentive during the first pass. But even with the rereading, there seemed to be "no there, there". I'll probably pursue this topic further with some of the sources that Woolf recommends.
One thing I would recommend however, is to make sure you have some background knowledge about the Roman Empire. You should know the basic content of the story because Woolf assumes it. If you don't know who Sulla or Marcius (to name just two) you will get lost. For my class, I told the students to read H.A. Grueber's "the story of the Romans (yesterday's classics)" which you can get from amazon as a $4 ebook. It's actually a children's book and a quick read but if your grasp of roman history is weak, it will give you the background to make woolfs book much more helpful.
Although it can be dry at times due to the analytical approach, I agree with the other evaluation that this book is a must have for any reader interested in the Roman Empire, its growth, the primary period and its decline. In my opinion, there is no book out there that covers the whole story of Rome with such detailed analysis and scholarly review. This book is highly recommended for individuals who are interested in the Roman Empire. However, for those readers who have a casual interest in the Roman Empire, beware because you may not be happy with this book.