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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Ibooks, Inc. (October 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596871040
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596871045
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,869,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By John Altemueller on November 10, 2001
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I was a contributing editor for the 2001 edition and co-authored the preface with my colleague, Suzanne Cross.
We trust that the general reader will find this classic work by Robert Payne a fine introduction to the history of Rome and her remarkable civilization.
Fifteen centuries after her fall, ancient Rome still has the power to fascinate us. The ruins and rutted roads where her mighty empire once held sway - from Britain to Africa to Asia - are mute testament to the vast scope of her greatness and a sobering reminder of the mortality of glory. But Rome's powerful legacy in the imagination of the West isn't built on ruins. As the author of this book so ably relates, we are the heirs of her ideas, a legacy perhaps more relevant to us at this moment in history than ever before. The Romans have, in fact, never seemed more modern.
Consider:
Common currencies? Twelve nations of the European Union have adopted a common currency-the euro-with other member states working toward the same goal. An innovation? The Roman denarius was the common currency of the Mediterranean world for at least 450 years.
Globalization? The Romans struggled with the "globalization" of their economy and its undreamed-of potential for prosperity- and conflict- long before the World Trade Organization and it's foes. They contended with the political and sociological consequences of the gaps between rich and poor, the role of slavery, the abandonment of the individual farm and the high price of unemployment, homelessness and want. These difficult issues are as real to us today as they were in the time of the Caesars.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Calvin Durham on February 13, 2006
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As a novice generally interested in ancient Rome, I found this book to be just what the doctor ordered to understand the complex history of ancient Rome. The books lays out the history of Rome and all of its complxity in realitively easy to read terms. It is a very "reader friendly" book for the person who wants an better understanding of how the empire was formed and how it operated.

I actually thought that reding this would be a bit of a chore, but a necessary one to achieve a better understanding of the subject matter. I was pleasantly surprised to find it far from a chore to read. I came away with a working knowledge of the empire.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 25, 2001
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I recommend this book to anyone whom is looking for a generalized Historical background on Ancient Rome. Not a good source for specific detail.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Clemons on March 22, 2007
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Written with a bright high school student in mind (which is fine with me), this introductory history of Rome is an excellent read. The prose is highly readable. There could be more on the fall of Rome, especially because of the many parallels between the decline of modern Europe and the collapse of Rome. Many, including me, also see parallels between modern USA and ancient Rome.

In any event, it is an exciting period in history and Payne does a good job bringing it alive. One suggestion: read a biography of Cicero and a few of his essays; also read The Aeneid. Cicero was a hero to several of America's founding fathers. His life and thought not only reveal him and his times, but also disclose the ideas and intentions of the founders of the USA.
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