The Oxford Illustrated History of the Roman World

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OUP Oxford, Jan 18, 2001 - History - 456 pages
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The Romans succeeded in less than fifty-three years in subjecting almost the whole inhabited world of their rule. This book tells the story of the rise of Rome from its origins as a cluster of villages to the foundation of the Roman Empire by Augustus and its consolidation in the first two centuries AD. It also discusses some aspects of the later Empire and its influence on western civilizations, not least through the adoption of Christianity. Chapters dealing with social and political history are interspersed with chapters on literature, philosophy, and the arts: the conquests of Rome; Roman Emperors; Plautus, Terence, Virgil and Roman literature; Roman historians such as Tacitus and Livy; Stoicism and Scepticism; and Roman art and architecture are among the topics dealt with. The historical framework of the book is reinforced by maps and chronological charts; there are bibliographies and a full index; and the book is profusely and aptly illustrated with colour and black-and-white illustrations.
 

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Contents

EARLY ROME AND ITALY
9
Detail of the Alexander mosaic
25
a THE EXPANSION OF ROME
39
Interior of the Tazza Farnese
56
THE FIRST ROMAN LITERATURE
60
CICERO AND ROME
76
THE POETS OF THE LATE REPUBLIC
101
THE FOUNDING OF THE EMPIRE
121
THE EARLY EMPIRE
243
Pont du Gard Nimes
47
ia SILVER LATIN POETRY AND THE LATIN NOVEL
67
Nile boattrip
82
i3 LATER PHILOSOPHY
288
i4 THE ARTS OF LIVING
308
i5 ROMAN LIFE AND SOCIETY
338
i6 ROMAN ART AND ARCHITECTURE
361

THE ARTS OF GOVERNMENT
150
AUGUSTAN POETRY AND SOCIETY
182
VIRGIL
206
io ROMAN HISTORIANS
226
ON TAKING LEAVE OF ANTIQUI1 Y
401
Descriptive List of Illustrations
445
Index
452
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Sir John Boardman is Emeritus Professor of Classical Archaeology and Art, Oxford, and has been based at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, since 1955 Jasper Griffin is Professor of Classical Literature, University of Oxford, and Dyson Fellow in Greek Culture, Jowett Fellow, Jowett Lecturer and Tutor in Classics, Balliol College, Oxford. Oswyn Murray is MacGregor Fellow, Jowett Fellow, Jowett Lecturer, and Tutor in Ancient History, Balliol College, Oxford

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