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Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of An Empire (edition 2007)
by Simon Baker
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Ancient Rome is the story of the greatest empire the world has ever known. Focusing on six turning points in Roman history, Simon Baker's absorbing narrative charts the rise and fall of the world's first superpower—a political machine unmatched in its brutality, genius, and lust for power. From the conquest of the Mediterranean in the 3rd century BC to the destruction of the Empire at the hands of barbarian invaders 700 years later, we discover the pivotal episodes in Roman history. At the heart of this account are some of the most powerful rulers in history: men like Julius Caesar, Augustus, Nero, and Constantine. Putting flesh on the bones of these legendary figures, Baker looks beyond the dusty caricatures to explore their real motivations, ambitions, intrigues, and rivalries. Accompanying a landmark BBC television series, Ancient Rome is a fresh, fast-paced account that addresses themes as relevant today as they were 2,000 years ago.
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This volume focuses on the pivotal moments in Roman history and introduces some of Rome's most thrilling personalities - Julius Caesar, Pompey the Great, Augustus, Nero and Constantine. It explores the ways in which the Romans were completely different in their outlook and values. Originally published: 2006.
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