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The World of Rome

by Michael Grant

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Grant is "justly recognised as an expert and civilized guide to the ancient world."--The Economist. The Romans changed the Western world and theirs became the first golden age. This is their empire of magnificence and corruption; the republic, the dictators and the slaves; the civilization and the Pax Romana, the brutality and the collapse.… (more)
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Michael Grant's The World of Rome may look stuffy and long-winded, but the truth is that this book offers an excellent, and comparably concise, introduction to most pertinent aspects of Roman culture. However, it was the many illuminating quotes and the Notes for Further Reading which I found most delightful. ( )
  SnowcatCradle | Nov 22, 2013 |
This is a collection of essays by Michael Grant on the history and culture of the Romans from 133 B.C. to 217 A. D. It is divided into four sections covering The Roman Empire, State and Society, Beliefs, and Literature and the Arts. Within these sections are essays on the history, rulers, public, religion, philosophy, and arts during this period. Michael Grant's discussion of this civilization is readable and extensive; an excellent introduction to what is one of the foundations of current Western Civilization. ( )
  jwhenderson | Jan 5, 2009 |
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Grant is "justly recognised as an expert and civilized guide to the ancient world."--The Economist. The Romans changed the Western world and theirs became the first golden age. This is their empire of magnificence and corruption; the republic, the dictators and the slaves; the civilization and the Pax Romana, the brutality and the collapse.

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