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A History of Ancient Rome

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SPQR by Mary Beard
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Shortlisted for a British Book Industry Book of the Year Award 2016

The new series Ultimate Rome: Empire Without Limit is on BBC2 now

Ancient Rome matters.

Its history of empire, conquest, cruelty and excess is something against which we still judge ourselves. Its myths and stories - from Romulus and Remus to the Rape of Lucretia - still strike a chord with us. And its debates about citizenship, security and the rights of the individual still influence our own debates on civil liberty today.

SPQR is a new look at Roman history from one of the world's foremost classicists. It explores not only how Rome grew from an insignificant village in central Italy to a power that controlled territory from Spain to Syria, but also how the Romans thought about themselves and their achievements, and why they are still important to us. Covering 1,000 years of history, and casting fresh light on the basics of Roman culture from slavery to running water, as well as exploring democracy, migration, religious controversy, social mobility and exploitation in the larger context of the empire, this is a definitive history of ancient Rome.

SPQR is the Romans' own abbreviation for their state: Senatus Populusque Romanus, 'the Senate and People of Rome'.

Profile Books; October 2015
ISBN 9781847654410
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If you need to read one book, and only one book, about the history of ancient Rome, don't hesitate: buy this book! Well written, and with a wealth of details that cannot be bettered, it is a pleasure to read...The author takes you from the founding of Rome by the legendary Romulus, to the middle of the third century CE, the date when the emperor declared that every person living in the Roman Empire is a Roman citizen. This book also explains the political concepts that are in application up to this date. A great book indeed!
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