Ancient Rome (Google eBook)

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Nov 16, 2010 - History - 632 pages
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Ancient Rome masterfully synthesizes the vast period from the second millennium BCE to the sixth century CE, carrying readers through the succession of fateful steps and agonizing crises that marked Roman evolution from an early village settlement to the capital of an extraordinary realm extending from northern Britain to the deserts of Arabia. A host of world-famous figures come to life in these pages, including Alexander the Great, Hannibal, Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, Augustus, Livia, Cicero, Nero, Hadrian, Diocletian, Constantine, Justinian, and Theodora. Filled with chilling narratives of violence, lust, and political expediency, this book not only describes empire-shaping political and military events but also treats social and cultural developments as integral to Roman history. William E. Dunstan highlights such key topics as the physical environment, women, law, the roles of slaves and freedmen, the plight of unprivileged free people, the composition and power of the ruling class, education, popular entertainment, food and clothing, marriage and divorce, sex, death and burial, finance and trade, scientific and medical achievements, religious institutions and practices, and artistic and literary masterpieces. All readers interested in the classical world will find this a fascinating and compelling history.
  

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Contents

chapter 1
1
chapter 2
19
chapter 3
41
chapter 4
53
chapter 5
64
chapter 6
79
chapter 7
91
chapter 8
98
chapter 20
310
chapter 21
330
chapter 22
344
chapter 23
374
chapter 24
394
chapter 25
412
chapter 26
424
chapter 27
444

chapter 9
113
chapter 10
136
chapter 11
151
chapter 12
157
chapter 13
183
chapter 14
198
chapter 15
220
chapter 16
242
chapter 17
249
chapter 18
277
chapter 19
299
chapter 28
453
chapter 29
469
chapter 30
482
chapter 31
513
epilogue
524
timeline
535
bibliography
547
index
563
abouttheauthor
597
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About the author (2010)

William E. Dunstan is a visiting scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and teaches at North Carolina State University.

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