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SPQR : a history of ancient Rome

Author: Mary Beard
Publisher: London : Profile Books, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Ancient Rome matters. Its history of empire, conquest, cruelty and excess is something against which we still judge ourselves. Its myths and stories - from Romulus and Remus to the Rape of Lucretia - still strike a chord with us. And its debates about citizenship, security and the rights of the individual still influence our own debates on civil liberty today. SPQR is a new look at Roman history from one of the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mary Beard
ISBN: 1846683807 9781846683800 9781631492228 1631492225 9781847654410 184765441X
OCLC Number: 920861705
Awards: Long listed for the Cundill Prize in Historical Literature, 2009.
Description: 606 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: The history of Rome --
Cicero's finest hour --
In the beginning --
The kings of Rome --
Rome's great leap forward --
A wider world --
New politics --
From empire to emperors --
The home front --
The transformations of Augustus --
Fourteen emperors --
The haves and have-nots --
Rome outside Rome --
The first Roman millennium.
Other Titles: Senatus populusque Romanus
History of ancient Rome
Responsibility: Mary Beard.

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"Ancient Rome matters. Its history of empire, conquest, cruelty and excess is something against which we still judge ourselves. Its myths and stories - from Romulus and Remus to the Rape of Lucretia - still strike a chord with us. And its debates about citizenship, security and the rights of the individual still influence our own debates on civil liberty today. SPQR is a new look at Roman history from one of the world's foremost classicists. It explores not only how Rome grew from an insignificant village in central Italy to a power that controlled territory from Spain to Syria, but also how the Romans thought about themselves and their achievements, and why they are still important to us. Covering 1,000 years of history, and casting fresh light on the basics of Roman culture from slavery to running water, as well as exploring democracy, migration, religious controversy, social mobility and exploitation in the larger context of the empire, this is a definitive history of ancient Rome. SPQR is the Romans' own abbreviation for their state: Senatus Populusque Romanus, 'the Senate and People of Rome'"--Jacket.

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