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SPQR : a history of ancient Rome

Author: Mary Beard
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, [2015] ©2015
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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A sweeping, revisionisthistory of the Roman Empire from one of our foremost classicists. -- S.P.Q.R. From the foundational myth of Romulus and Remus to 212 ce--nearly a thousand years later--when the emperor Caracalla gave Roman citizenship to every free inhabitant of the empire, -- S.P.Q.R. Like the best detectives, Beard sifts fact from fiction, myth and propaganda from historical record, refusing either simple  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Beard, Mary, 1955-
SPQR.
(DLC) 2015036060
(OCoLC)902661394
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Mary Beard
ISBN: 9781847654410 184765441X 9781631491252 1631491253
OCLC Number: 927412613
Description: 1 online resource (606 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations (some color), maps
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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A sweeping, revisionisthistory of the Roman Empire from one of our foremost classicists. -- S.P.Q.R. From the foundational myth of Romulus and Remus to 212 ce--nearly a thousand years later--when the emperor Caracalla gave Roman citizenship to every free inhabitant of the empire, -- S.P.Q.R. Like the best detectives, Beard sifts fact from fiction, myth and propaganda from historical record, refusing either simple admiration or blanket condemnation. Far from being frozen in marble, Roman history, she shows, is constantly being revised and rewritten as our knowledge expands. Indeed, our perceptions of ancient Rome have changed dramatically over the last fifty years, and S.P.Q.R., with its nuanced attention to class inequality, democratic struggles, and the lives of entire groups of people omitted from the historical narrative for centuries, promises to shape our view of Roman history for decades to come.

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Fast-moving, exciting, psychologically acute, warmly sceptical -- Bryan Appleyard * Sunday Times * Vastly engaging ... a tremendously enjoyable and scholarly read. -- Natalie Haynes * Observer * Read more...

 
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