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A History of Rome: Down to the Reign of Constantine Paperback – January 15, 1976

ISBN-13: 978-0312383954 ISBN-10: 0312383959 Edition: Third Edition

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  • Paperback: 694 pages
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's; Third Edition edition (January 15, 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312383959
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312383954
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.9 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #435,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'...a unique achievement in its genre: a masterly synthesis of a huge mass of material. It deals with the political, military, social and cultural aspects of Roman civilisation, extending over a millennium.' - KLEIO '...we must indeed be grateful for what we have been given, which is immense. It is not often that a new edition of an old book can be hailed as a major event but this is the exception.' - Times Literary Supplement 'Almost nothing has escaped Scullard's attention, including some extremely recent items...it will be an ideal work of reference for students.' - Times Higher Education Supplement --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This work is astoundingly well done.
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While it can be quite dry, the reader is free to skip around reading only the subjects of interest.
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The index in the book truly stands out - it lists everything.
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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 18, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I have the 2nd Edition of this 1935 book. Having read and re-read this and Gibbon and Mommsen, it suddenly struck me that Cary offers a more succinct and incisive interpretation of the MEANING of each epoch in Roman history. He also disagrees markedly from others on the value/meaning of 'controversial' emperors (Nero, Domitian, Diocletian) which is very refreshing and well-stated. Frankly, if you want to get a good sense of the meaning of the History of Rome, read Cary first; then Mommsen, then Gibbon. Then, back to Cary. I wish this book were still in print. Don't let it go unread, if you are a Romanophile...
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By J. A Magill TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 29, 2001
Format: Paperback
This extremely dense text is still head and shoulders above other contenders as the standard history of the rise and history of the roman empire. The authors thesis, that Rome never truly fell but evolved into the catholic church/feudal state is well defended with ample evidence.
What makes this book so extraordinary is the depth and breath of the subject matter covered. Military history, politics, technology, art, science, social development, trade, are all given ample coverage. While it can be quite dry, the reader is free to skip around reading only the subjects of interest. For the scholar or the curious, this is a must own text that will serve as a crucial guide and reference.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By dukefan on February 14, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book was so useful. I can not tell you how good this book was. I read this book and in the NJCL certamen I helped take our team to a third place showing. This book's only fallacy is that it ignores the last years of Rome and cuts off at the death of Constantine in A.D. 331. Bottomline though This book is the best Roman history book available
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Christopher H. on September 28, 2008
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This massive history, covering a thousand years of Roman history in 558 triple-size pages, is extremely thorough and marvellously rich. Broad in scope and scrupulous in detail, it is also very well written, a true classic of historical prose. Though several decades old the work never feels out of date. My only minute criticisms are for occasional typographical errors (like 'columm'), the rare awkwardness of style (problems with parallelism in particular), and a slightly abrasive attachment to favourite expressions ('pari passu' comes to mind). Nit-picking aside, however, the History is truly awe-inspiring opus. Highly recommended to anyone with a thirst for knowledge (yes, that means you!).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 19, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book covers the major events of Ancient Rome beginning with the earliest times involving pre-Roman Italy and ending where Ancient History ends, the reign of Constantine. Cary and Scullard discusses not only the political and military events, but provide excellent discussions on Roman Society - art, religion, social life, literature, etc. The book is most definitely a valuable resource on Roman History and I highly recommend it.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 22, 1999
Format: Paperback
For many years, this work has been recognized as the most complete, most concise work available on the history of the Roman state. Both military/political, and social aspects are discussed. For thorough and factual information, a serious scholar should look no further. This work is particulary appropriate if intended as a study tool for Junior Classical League competitions.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ancient_Fossil on August 11, 2012
Format: Paperback
This was an extraordinary, lucky find. My copy was discarded and rescued it from a throw-away pile. I wondered if it might be a good reference. As I scanned the text it quickly became obvious that it was well written so I decided to review a few passages. One subject led to another, and as I became intrigued, I wondered what else I had missed. So I started back at the beginning and read the entire text.

This work is astoundingly well done. The authors are completely dedicated in their subject and present their material in a clear, straightforward yet provocative way. They place data in context. The best part is that reading it is easy and an absolute pleasure. The authors obviously enjoy ancient history and skillfully presented it in an excellent manner. I enjoyed their personal comments which are easy to distinguish from the general text. The Index is well constructed.

There are a few faults. My main problem is that I am not a professional historian so I had to research some basic concepts that others, more familiar with Roman history, would not find troublesome. For example, I had to learn the concept of Roman names. A brief description would be beneficial, and an appendix listing those abbreviations. Maps are always a problem in history texts and this one is no exception. I am grateful the authors cross-referenced some data but more extensive, proper footnotes would be appreciated.
In summary, I found this work very well done, most enjoyable and highly recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Heath Torstveit on August 8, 2007
Format: Paperback
Still and by far the best source for an introduction of Ancient Rome. Price is high but worth it!!!!
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