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  • Series: Women of the Ancient World
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (June 23, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415331447
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415331449
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,968,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This review covers the Kindle edition. The Kindle format is MUCH more annoying to use now, than it used to be. Much harder to navigate. That highlight thing is a nuisance, when you just want to mark out text. Its fullscreen is a nightmare, with HUGE GRAY bar in the way, so you're better off not using fullscreen, or you just size the window yourself. Worse, it won't stop synching, even when you turn the option off. It won't show page numbers except arbitrarily, so you can't quote the pages accurately unless you copy a citation. VERY ANNOYING, KINDLE!!

Further, the map and coin pictures in the book are unreadable, in Kindle. God forbid you should complain about these things in the Kindle Forum; the trolls come out and lambast you as if it were YOUR fault Kindle for PC's program, is now so badly designed. I will have to rethink how many more books I'll buy, using Kindle format.

However, if you'll need to search the book often, there's no better alternative.

The book, is fabulous. Well-written, well-researched, and Barbara Levick has a keen eye to historical parallels. So when she describes an event during the Severan period, she's got enough fluent grasp of the 'big picture' to compare the parallels with respect to prior and later Roman emperors and their times. Most importantly, instead of just drily relating events and facts as too many Roman historians are wont to do, she folds in the relevant norms, standards, cultural ideas. That matters, for what you need to know about Roman history is WHY. We already have overkill on WHAT.

The other big plus of this book, is that she also has a keen recognition of cultural wordplay.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ali Zgaier on February 8, 2010
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It is a very interesting book on one of the most influential women in the history of Rome.
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