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The Cambridge Illustrated History of the Roman World (Cambridge Illustrated Histories) Hardcover – November 3, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0521827751 ISBN-10: 0521827752

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Product Details

  • Series: Cambridge Illustrated Histories
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (November 3, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521827752
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521827751
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.3 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,255,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'For anyone with a serious interest in the Roman world, this is the book to get'. The Sunday Telegraph

'This is the only book to read on this complex history.' Good Book Guide

'As an overview and a thematic arrangement it is often excellent.' JACT Review

Book Description

From its mythical foundation in 753 BC to its sack in the fifth century AD, the city of Rome had an impact on the world that it would be hard to overestimate. This new history aimed at the general reader, authored by a team of leading international academics under an eminent historian and richly illustrated in colour, examines Rome's sense of self and its place in the wider world, and vividly explores a broad range of topics, including religion, Rome's relationship with Greece, warfare and Empire, and science and culture.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jon Torodash on September 27, 2004
I really didn't want to give this book as much as 4 stars, but thought 3 was unfair too. 3.5 feels more accurate. If Cambridge has any claim to superiority over Oxford, its History of the Roman World is surely it. While the Oxford text is a horribly unchronological and unfocused mess, this text, (which is not only illustrated to a much greater extent,) provides a reasonably cogent summary of Roman history and highlights most of the important events, people, and themes. The chapters follow a roughly straightforward timeline, but any shortcoming here can be forgiven due to the excellent coverage of several dimensions of the Roman world such as scientific beliefs and progression, provincial territories, trade and agriculture, and military organization. Though the book is authored by several people, direct contradictions of fact are virtually non-existent. The numerous repetitions of certain points across chapters also serve helpfully as a key to their importance by depicting their impact in ways that other historical texts fail to do.

As an anthology unfortunately, it still falls prey to the oddities of using several historiographical techniques to weave together a single tale. A number of the authors also emphasized some trends and turning points in history which were backed only by a couple or very few and unconvincingly important pieces of evidence whose weight a complete beginner might not be capable to judge for him/herself. I think the text is a fine introduction and could supplement even well-versed pundits with several tidbits. I would not however call this work a final authority on anything.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Octavius on March 17, 2005
As with the previous reviewer, I feel the book is really a 3.5-star as Cambridge's Illustrated Series 'The Roman World' is a very good introductory text that is not a doctoral socio-political analysis to the likes of Gruen nor an advanced level chronological review of Rome's evolution from Republic to Empire such as Wacher's 'Roman World' and Cambridge's 'Ancient History' editions. It therefore makes it an ideal text for general readers and beginning students despite having some deficiencies that can be easily supplemented by having two of another publisher's as companion texts.

The book is suited for readers ages 12 and up and treats the subject more as a primarily anthropological and interdisciplinary approach to the subject covering things such art, political intitutions, urban life, and how their legacy remains with us today. A collaboration of various respected scholars with different specialties provides readers with a multi-faceted view of Roman civilization without bogging them down with a tedious chronological approach focusing primarily on a geopolitical evolution of its social and military institutions along with its principal agents. Its subjects are illustrated by a good amount of color photographs, drawings, and diagrams, giving the reader a useful visual aid for an enhanced perspective of the subject.

Although it has great qualities, I find it insufficient for general education college classes as its subjects are too limited and without enough detail as to social and political topics in particular. Leslie and Roy Adkins' 'A Handbook to Life In Ancient Rome" and 'Dictionary of Roman Religion' is more thoroughly edited and organized than this text despite their having black and white illustrations as opposed to color.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lucille Fann on January 9, 2013
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I found it interesting, I would love to , when it is available find a book about the every day lives of the Greeks and Romans in historical times.
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2 of 23 people found the following review helpful By JonC on January 1, 2011
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The book was an ex library book, the book jacket was in a bad condition. The book has been annotated and written in. The supplier classed the condition of this book as good, and charged £16 for it. How can the condition of a book that has been drawn and written in be described as good. I would not use these guys again.
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