The Romans: An Introduction to Their History and Civilisation

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University of California Press, 1984 - History - 294 pages
Roman civilization is one of the bases of the modern world. The extraordinary achievements of Rome--political, military, cultural--and its dramatic, thousand-year history, during which it grew to dominate the whole world of classical antiquity before being overwhelmed in its turn, have been continuously studied and variously interpreted ever since. Rome has been commended for its administration, praised for its system of justice, admired for its arts and technology, extolled for its "virtues," such as love of freedom, independence, discipline, courage, and austerity. It has also been condemned for its aggression, its exploitation of slaves, its excesses, and the decadence that led to its decline. But such was Rome's impact, and so remarkable was the empire it built, that its influence has never ceased to be felt. Whether as a model of political power, of moral behavior, or of social control, Rome with its splendors and triumphs, its failings and disasters, is an inexhaustible quarry for the lessons that its history offers and the legacies that it has bequeathed.

Karl Christ conveys the essence of this vital Roman tradition with a coherence and compact precision that few scholars, if any, have been able to achieve. Following the main chronological developments of Roman history, he combines the necessary minimum of political and military narrative with lucid social and economic analysis, separate chapters of Roman ways of life and law, and wide-ranging coverage of literature, art, science, technology, and religion.

With maps and photographs as well as a specially prepared bibliography for further reading, The Romans is the most up-to-date, authoritative and comprehensive single-volume introduction to the history and civilization of Ancient Rome.
 

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This is a really outstanding one-volume work that surveys, but not in a superficial manner, the entire history of Rome. As indicated in the subtitle, Christ comprehensively covers both the history and ... Read full review

Contents

THE ROMANS A CHANGING CONCEPT
3
THE AGES OF ROMAN HISTORY
4
FOUNDATION AND EARLY REPUBLIC
7
ARCHAIC SOCIETY AND ECONOMY
10
THE STRUGGLE OF THE ORDERS
10
EXPANSION OF ROMAN RULE IN ITALY
11
COLONISATION
13
THE CLASSICAL REPUBLIC
19
ROMAN LAW
115
LITERATURE ART SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY RELIGION
127
ROMAN HISTORIANS
129
ROMAN POETRY
131
PEAKS OF LATIN PROSE
135
POSTAUGUSTAN LITERATURE
136
EVOLUTION OF ROMAN ART
141
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
148

EXPANSION IN THE MEDITERRANEAN AREA
29
CRISIS AND FALL OF THE REPUBLIC
34
IMPERIUM ROMANUM
45
A WORLD EMPIRE
51
SOCIETY POLITICS AND ECONOMICS
59
WAYS OF LIFE
89
WOMEN IN THE FAMILY AND SOCIETY
93
EDUCATION
95
HOUSING
98
CLOTHING
100
FOOD AND MEALS
102
THE GAMES
104
BATHS
111
LIFESTYLES
112
DISPOSAL AND REMEMBRANCE OF THE DEAD
113
ROMAN RELIGION
150
IMPERIUM ROMANUM AND CHRISTIANITY
157
THE EMPIRE OF LATE ANTIQUITY
161
LATE ANTIQUITY AND ITS EPOCHS
167
GOVERNMENT AND ORGANISATION
171
STATE AND RELIGION
191
LITERATURE AND ART
200
FALL OF THE WESTERN ROMAN EMPIRE
222
THE ROMAN TRADITION
227
Notes on the plates
243
2 POPULATION FIGURES
262
BIBLIOGRAPHY
263
INDEX
276
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