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The Roman Empire: Second Edition (1984)

by Colin Wells

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This is an excellent overview of the Roman Empire for those of us with little more than a schoolboy/girl understanding of the growth and decline of same.
The style is eminently readable and I found out many things that I did not previously know and enhanced the chronology of many more of which I had a vague knowledge. perhaps the most interesting thing to note is that, whilst the Empire might have grown in a planned manner, the cliques around the leadership gave rise to periods of violent and, in many cases, unforeseen change.
A potentially dry subject given an excellent rendition: I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. ( )
2 vote the.ken.petersen | Sep 3, 2008 |
Nel 31 a.C., con la vittoria di Azio, Ottaviano sbaraglia gli oppositori di Cesare; pochi anni dopo, il 13 gennaio del 27 a.C., il Senato concede a Ottaviano una serie di cariche e onori, tra i quali il titolo di Augusto: è l'inizio dell'età imperiale. Da quel momento la storia di Roma si proietta su una dimensione planetaria.
Protagonisti, questioni principali e cause profonde dell'ascesa e del declino della Roma imperiale. La struttura dell'impero: la macchina amministrativa, il peso dell'esercito, il complesso rapporto tra centro e periferia, il lavoro degli schiavi. Le figure degli imperatori: scelte politiche e culturali, campagne militari e intrighi di palazzo. La politica: il conflitto tra il principe e il senato, il mito della "pax romana" e l'espansionismo militare, le scelte economiche e finanziarie. Gli eventi che portarono alla decadenza: attacchi esterni, difficoltà economiche, guerre civili.
Una puntuale descrizione della lunga parabola di una Roma ormai incontestabilmente "caput mundi". ( )
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The Roman empire begins with Julius, the first Caesar, and ends five centuries later with the establishment of Christian rule in Western Europe. C. M. Wells chronicles the astonishing growth of the empire through military innovations that gave soldiers and colonists a tangible stake in Rome's success through the award of captured lands. He helps make sense out of complex episodes in Roman history, among them the so-called year of the four emperors and the rise of non-Roman rulers such as Maximinus. Wells also looks at the legacy of the Roman empire in modern governments, which derive much knowledge about administration, road building, hydrology, and assorted other practical arts from their ancient forebears.

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