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The complete idiot's guide to the Roman Empire

Author: Eric Nelson
Publisher: Indianapolis, Ind. : Alpha, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A fun-to-read introduction to the fascinating history, people, and culture of ancient Rome. Includes the history of the Roman Empireʼs rise and fall, an introduction to the great epic literature of the Roman Republic, a survey of the Romans in arts and popular culture, fascinating details of some of historyʼs most nefarious emperors, including Nero, Caligula, and Commodus. Also includes information on games and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Nelson, Eric (Eric Dolaine).
Complete idiot's guide to the Roman Empire.
Indianapolis, Ind. : Alpha, ©2002
(DLC) 2001091102
(OCoLC)47978118
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Eric Nelson
ISBN: 1592570437 9781592570430 9780028641515 0028641515 9780786533206 078653320X 9781101199183 1101199180
OCLC Number: 50781318
Description: 1 online resource (xxiv, 383 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Part 1: ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME --
1. Dead Culture, Dead Language, Dead Emperors: Why Bother? Learn different perspectives for approaching Rome and the Romans, and grasp the periods of Roman history and literature --
2. Roma FAQ: Hot Topics in Brief-Get some quick responses to frequently asked questions about Rome and the Romans, and learn where else to look in this book for more information --
3. How Do We Know? Discovering the Romans-Discover what remains of Rome, as well as some of the ways that we know who the Romans were, what they did, and what they thought --
4. Club Mediterrania: Rome in the Context of Other Civilizations-Put early Rome in context by finding out about other ancient civilizations that preceded and influenced it --
5. Seven Hills and One Big Sewer: Rome Becomes a City-Learn how Rome, under the kings, developed from a group of villages at a crossing on the Tiber in a city, and how this early formation influenced Roman culture --
Part 2: ROME WASNʼT BUILT IN A DAY: THE ROMAN REPUBLIC (509-27 B.C.E.) --
6. On Golden Pond: Rome Conquers Italy and the Mediterranean-Follow Romeʼs conquests of Latium, Italy, and the Mediterranean to become a vast empire reaching from the Near East to Spain --
7. Letʼs Conquer ... Ourselves! The Roman Revolution and the End of the Republic-Learn how Romeʼs political and cultural forces combined to create interval tensions that eventually brought about a series of civil wars and ended the Republic --
8. Rome, Rome on the Range: Romans at Home-Take a look at Roman culture at its most basic level, the family, and how the Romans conceived of themselves as a part of this unit. Youʼll also learn about Roman women and slaves. 9. The Romans Among Themselves-Here youʼll get a picture of Roman class divisions and how the Romans operated among themselves in politics, the army, and the law courts --
10. The Romans at Large-Discover the Romans among other people, and how people outside of Rome belonged to the Roman systems of alliances and citizenship. Youʼll also enter the world of Roman commerce, business, and work --
11. Literature and Culture of the Republic-Follow the rise of Latin literature from the importation of Greek slaves and Latin translations of Greek works to the full development of Latin as a literary language --
12. If They Build I: Roman Engineering-Learn how the Romans built for success, and their achievements in constructing roads, buildings, bridges, aqueducts, and machines of war --
Part 3: EMPIRE WITHOUT END: ROMAN IMPERIAL HISTORY --
13. Easing into Empire-See how Augustus and his few intimates transformed the Republic under his Principate into an empire, and how the way he did things set the stage for the dynastic struggles to come --
14. All in the Family: The Julio-Claudian Emperors-Learn about the first dynasty of Rome, and follow the careers of some of the most famous and infamous of all the emperors --
15. The (Mostly) Good Emperors: The Flavians to Marcus Aurelius-See how the Flavians reestablished order after Neroʼs fall, and how a line of adopted emperors established Rome on a more secure basis during the time of its greatest power --
16. The (Mostly) Not-So-Good Emperors: Commodus to Aurelian-Follow the decline and near break-up of Rome in a period of civil unrest, imperial crisis, and barbarian invasions. 17. Divide and (Re)Conquer: Diocletian to Constantine-Learn how the emperor Diocletian reestablished order, and how his solutions to rule led to Constantine the Great, who established Constantinople as a new capital and a triumphant Christianity as Romeʼs state religion --
18. Barbarians at the Gates: The Fall of the Western Empire-Discover in what way Rome ʺfellʺ in the west, and how the barbarian invasions changed and challenged what survived --
Part 4: ROMAN IMPERIAL LIFE AND CULTURE --
19. Roman Mass Culture of the Imperial Period-Meet the Roman urban culture that grew during the Empire to unite broadly disparate regions and left a lasting imprint upon the world --
20. (Un)Protected Sects: Religions, Tolerance, and Persecutions-Investigate the ways in which Rome persecuted threatening religious orders and sects in the context of Roman attitudes toward religion and personal belief --
21. Cogito Ergo Sum: The Life of the Mind-Discover the literature of the Empire, and the wide variety of writers, poets, and theologians who published in both Greek and Latin during the Silver Age and Late Antiquity, including the development of Christian sacred texts --
22. Thatʼs Entertainment! Public Spectacles-Thrill and chill to the Roman games: chariot racing, theatrical productions of every description, and the macabre arena games for which the Romans are especially known. Part 5: WHERE DID THE ROMANS GO? --
23. And the East Goes On-Follow Romeʼs legacy in the east through Justinianʼs attempt to reclaim the Empire to the sack of Constantinople by the Crusades and then the Turks --
24. Nothing Quiet on the Western Front-Learn how Romeʼs legacy in the West developed though the concept of reinventing the Roman Empire in the west, the Crusades, and Latin literatureʼs influence on western thought --
APPENDIXES --
A: Timeline --
B: Finding the Romans on Earth and in Cyberspace --
C: Lights, Camera, Action! A Short List of Rome and Romans in Film --
D: Glossary.
Other Titles: Roman Empire
Responsibility: by Eric Nelson.

Abstract:

A fun-to-read introduction to the fascinating history, people, and culture of ancient Rome. Includes the history of the Roman Empireʼs rise and fall, an introduction to the great epic literature of the Roman Republic, a survey of the Romans in arts and popular culture, fascinating details of some of historyʼs most nefarious emperors, including Nero, Caligula, and Commodus. Also includes information on games and gladiators, llaves and slavery, women, Gauls, Etruscans, Samnites, Sabines, Gnaius P9mpey, Julius Caesar, Cicero, Virgil, Horace, Livy, Ovid, roads, theaters, amphitheaters, urban planning, siege equipment, Octavian (Augustus), Tiberius, Claudius, Marcus Aurelius, Diocletian, Constantine the Great, Latin literature, Christian literature, public spectacles, the Circus, gladiators, Justinian, Charlemagne, Carolingian Renaissance, Holy Roman Empire, etc.

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