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Ancient Rome: A New History (Second Edition) Paperback – January 7, 2014

ISBN-13: 978-0500291245 ISBN-10: 0500291241 Edition: Second Edition

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“David Potter has written what will be the definitive new overview of Roman history from very early times to the end of antiquity. In a narrative that is clear and concise, while also scholarly and informed, Potter affords his readers a panoramic view of the political history and cultural development of the Roman Empire over a period of nearly fourteen centuries. Meanwhile, he explains the strengths and shortcomings of the extant ancient sources, from literary and legal texts to inscriptions and coins. Ample illustrations and maps give valuable insight into ancient life and culture. This introduction goes far beyond the basics to show the kinds of issues and debates that have made Roman history a perennial topic of study across the ages.” (Harriet Flower, Princeton University)

About the Author

David Potter is Francis W. Kelsey Collegiate Professor of Greek and Roman History, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, and Professor of Greek and Latin at the University of Michigan. Recognized internationally as an authority on the Roman Empire, he is the author of many scholarly articles and books. He is also a gifted educator whose courses include Sports and Daily Life in Ancient Rome, War in Greek and Roman Civilization, and Emperors of Rome.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; Second Edition edition (January 7, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500291241
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500291245
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 0.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #718,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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55 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Xof on July 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
I'll aim for brevity here: I know there are plenty of other people out there willing to burden a 500+ word review, but not me.

First, the background. I'm a college student, I purchased this book because it was the primary textbook for a class on Ancient Rome. It was a summer class (4 weeks) and YES, believe it or not I do consider that relevant.

This Potter book is a crash course in Ancient Rome. That description is a bit of a double-edged sword. There's a lot of material here, but very little depth. As a man fascinated with the history of the ancient world, I found the book sorely lacking in detail and analysis. Potter's book is what it is--a very general overview of the "entirety" of Roman history. It's something of an introductory tour of Roman history that, to the unfamiliar, is quite serviceable, but for those acquainted with the subject it is somewhat lacking.

If you're unfamiliar with Roman history, this is a worthwhile read. If you are more like me, however, and know which bank of the Rubicon is which, this is a textbook to avoid.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Oswald Sobrino on November 4, 2013
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I am about halfway through the book and was impelled to write this enthusiastic review. Prof. Potter offers insight and perspective, along with facts and dates. His thoughtful reflection on events, personalities, transitions, and leadership styles makes this work a pleasure to read and a fine example of how history should be written. You get wisdom along with the facts. I am glad my graduate program at the University of Florida has made his book a required part of our reading list.
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By sv on September 26, 2014
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Really interesting and engaging. Pictures were a plus. Gives a lot of detail of various aspects of ancient Roman life.
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