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The Roman Empire
A Very Short Introduction
This Very Short Introduction covers the history of the Empire from Augustus (the first Emperor) to Marcus Aurelius, describing how the empire was formed, how it was run, its religions and its social structure. It examines how local cultures were "romanised" and how people in far away lands came to believe in the emperor as a god. The book also examines how the Roman Empire has been considered and depicted in more recent times, from the writings of Edward Gibbon, to the differing
attitudes of the Victorians and recent Hollywood blockbuster films. - ;This mervellous little book...succeeds in sketching the remarkable way in which the Roman Empire spread across Europe... - Barbara Finney, The Journal of Classics Teaching;"...the author has succeeded admirably. This is no cop out - themes are chosen sensibly and well presented. This book does what it says on the cover... This book is intellectual, yet accessible, well written, stimulating, original, and essential for those who wish to gain a rapid overview of the subject without getting bogged down." - Dr Mark Merrony, Minerva
168 pages; ISBN 9780191577840
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