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A history of Rome down to the reign of Constantine (edition 1954)

by M. Cary

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Title:A history of Rome down to the reign of Constantine
Authors:M. Cary
Info:London, Macmillan; New York, St. Martins Press, 1954.
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Tags:roman history, history, early church, christianity, religion, late antiquity

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A History of Rome: Down to the Reign of Constantine by M. Cary



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This is one of my prized possessions, something that fits with what a dear friend has termed my love for "fine old things" -- most apt!

The book -- and I'm sure a new reprint won't do at all (not Scullard's updated version!), it must be an old version like the 1960 edition I have -- is a treasure, a true gem for the book lover.

It is a classic of scholarship, first of all. One of the perennial histories that has stood the test of time. But it is more than that. It is a sacred object, in its way. Each dense paragraph has a single italicized sentence in the margin succinctly summarizing the paragraph, for easier assimilation of the thread of the account.

It has plates with old photographs and drawings of important sites, including architectural plans of major buildings and public places. It has maps that are delicately and precisely folded into the pages, so one turns the page and unfolds a new mystery.

There is a pull-out glossary of Latin terms and major Latin aphorisms, with author.

To remove the volume from the shelf and open it is to travel into a magical place of the past, the closest to time travel we have, and all by way of a book of the type "they don't make anymore", rendered with love and care.

Probably not the book for the latest viewpoint. But this seemed like the place to profess my love! ( )
  stellarexplorer | Apr 16, 2013 |
I do believe this stalwart -- later updated by HH Scullard -- is still the most detailed single volume.
  ccjolliffe | May 23, 2007 |
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Roman history is the record of a state that extended its boundaries from a narrow territory in the Tiber valley to include all the lands of the Mediterranean seaboard.
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'...a unique achievement in its genre: a masterly synthesis of a huge mass of material. It deals with the political, military, social and cultural aspects of Roman civilisation, extending over a millennium.' - KLEIO. 'Almost nothing has escaped Scullard's attention, including some extremely recent items...it will be an ideal work of reference for students.' - Times Higher Education Supplement… (more)

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