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  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press; New and expanded edition edition (August 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0472034286
  • ISBN-13: 978-0472034284
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #518,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Potter is Francis W. Kelsey Professor of Greek and Roman History, Arthur F. Thurnau professor and Professor of Greek and Latin in the Department of Classical Studies at the University of Michigan, where he has taught for more than a quarter century. He is the author of numerous books on Roman History,has appeared on numerous History Channel programs about Roman History and, for a number of years, contributed a weekly column on issues in Greek, Roman and modern sports to the Chicago Tribune's RedEye. His recent books include Life, Death and Entertainment in the Roman Empire (with David Mattingly), Emperors of Rome, The Roman Empire at Bay 180-395, The Victor's Crown, Ancient Rome, A New History and Constantine the Emperor. He likes to think that he has the ability to appreciate things he has no ability to do so he delights in Classical Music and his athletic endeavors have devolved from active participation to vigorous fandom.

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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pasko Varnica on October 14, 2013
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Even if intended as a starting point, as "Life, Death and Entertainment in the Roman Empire's" jacket states, I expect the telling of history to be done with an open mind, reflect the values of the period and not those in vogue during the author's lifetime and, dear to my heart, inspire in the reader the love for the topic. Instead, I encountered a textbook; read it, take the exam, pass the test, put it aside, forget about it and go on with your life.

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