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The Roman Empire: Second Edition (original 1984; edition 1995)

by Colin Wells

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This sweeping history of the Roman Empire from 44 BC to AD 235 has three purposes: to describe what was happening in the central administration and in the entourage of the emperor; to indicate how life went on in Italy and the provinces, in the towns, in the countryside, and in the army camps; and to show how these two different worlds impinged on each other. Colin Wells's vivid account is now available in an up-to-date second edition.… (more)
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Title:The Roman Empire: Second Edition
Authors:Colin Wells
Info:Harvard University Press (1995), Paperback, 384 pages
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Tags:ancient history, classical history, Roman history

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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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