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Imperial Rome (Great Ages of Man) Hardcover – 1967

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Time Life Books; Revised edition (1967)
  • ASIN: B000L6NM9O
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 8.7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,701,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One testament to the value of any book is how long you keep it. At fifty-eight years of age, the Great Ages of Man series from Time/Life is still in my possession after forty-two years, and next to Classical Greece, Imperial Rome is one of the most treasured volumes. Its quote of Cicero at the start of the introduction is especially appropriate: "Not to know what happened before we were born, is to remain perpetually a child." Not knowing anything about Rome precludes our understanding of the electoral process just concluded, anything about our government, or the men who wrote our Constitution. Their efforts and industry were based heavily on their study of the ancient republic of Rome.

With stunning photography to stir the imagination and intelligent narrative, Time/Life weaves legend and fact that was eventually fashioned into the genius and character of the Romans that started in the eighth century B.M.E. Eight chapters present the background of Rome, how it went from village to empire, the Pax Romana, the ritual of daily life, its poets and propagandists, the Gods of Rome, the end of its greatness, and its persistent presence.

A synopsis of immortal Romans, a chronology of events significant in Roman history, relief maps and charts show the extent of Roman rule in the known world, and its place among the great ages of man. The mercilessness of the Roman soldier and his mastery of siege warfare in the battle of Avaricum as well as his successful maneuver against the Macedonian phalanx at Cynoscephalae are depicted through a fold-out, photo display of miniatures and terrain at the museum at West Point.
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Here's the very affordable general educational background (under $4 used as I write this) --one needs to realize him/herself as a citizen of Western Culture. Well illustrated, it agreeably scampers through a thousand years of history in just 190 pages.
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