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The Rise of Rome: 1000 BC - 264 BC by Dr…

The Rise of Rome: 1000 BC - 264 BC (edition 2017)

by Dr Kathryn Lomas (Author)

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Title:The Rise of Rome: 1000 BC - 264 BC
Authors:Dr Kathryn Lomas (Author)
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The Rise of Rome: From the Iron Age to the Punic Wars (History of the Ancient World) by Kathryn Lomas



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This book is an excellent, scholarly overview of the early history of Rome suitable for anyone who has an introductory knowledge of ancient Rome. Lomas uses archaeological findings to critique the ancient literary traditions about Rome’s origins. A particular strength of this book is the way she locates the development of Rome within the wider context of Iron Age Italy: Rome is seen as a typical Italian city-state of its time. Using these methods, she forms a reconstruction of early Roman history, society, economy and culture. Despite the often fanciful nature of sources for early Rome such as Livy, Lomas still manages to construct a coherent narrative of development that situates early Rome in its context, explores and explains its development and setbacks, and sets the scene for the Punic Wars and Rome’s Mediterranean expansion. The colour plates, many illustrations and maps are also very useful.
  Iacobus | Sep 6, 2018 |
Takes in the period beginning roughly with the Ninth Century and ending with 264BC, the outbreak of the first Punic War. (The next book in the series will commence with the Punic Wars.) Despite the subtitle From the Iron Age..., there is some early reference to late Bronze Age culture.

A great deal of the book is based upon archaeological findings, especially the earlier chapters, where there is little written history; and even in the later chapters there is substantial cross-checking of literary sources (such as the sometimes inaccurate Livy) with archaeological evidence.

Generous amounts of Tables and line-drawn Figures along with gorgeous full-color Plates. ( )
  CurrerBell | Jun 10, 2018 |
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In the late Iron Age, Rome was a small collection of huts arranged over a few hills. By the third century BC, it had become a large and powerful city, with monumental temples, public buildings and grand houses. It had conquered the whole of Italy and was poised to establish an empire. But how did it accomplish this historic transformation? This book explores the development of Rome during this period, and the nature of its control over Italy, considering why and how the Romans achieved this spectacular dominance. For Rome was only one of a number of emerging centres of power during this period. From its complex forms of government, to its innovative connections with other states, Kathryn Lomas shows what set Rome apart. Examining the context and impact of the city's dominance, as well as the key political, social and economic changes it engendered, this is crucial reading for anyone interested in Ancient Rome.… (more)

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