The Roman Empire, Paperback
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This history of the Roman Empire, from 44 BC to AD 235, has three purposes: to describe what was happening in the central administration of the Empire; to indicate how life went on in Italy and the provinces, in the towns, in the countryside, and in the army camps; and to show how these two different worlds impinged on each other.

The book comprises a vivid account of the most intriguing period in ancient history.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384 pages, b&w photographs, illustrations, maps, plans, bibliography, index
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9780006862529



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This is an excellent overview of the Roman Empire for those of us with little more than a schoolboy/girl understanding of the growth and decline of same.The style is eminently readable and I found out many things that I did not previously know and enhanced the chronology of many more of which I had a vague knowledge. perhaps the most interesting thing to note is that, whilst the Empire might have grown in a planned manner, the cliques around the leadership gave rise to periods of violent and, in many cases, unforeseen change.A potentially dry subject given an excellent rendition: I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.