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Rome (Galaxy Books) Paperback – December 31, 1960

ISBN-13: 978-0195002249 ISBN-10: 0195002245 Edition: Pbk. Ed

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  • Series: Galaxy Books
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; Pbk. Ed edition (December 31, 1960)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195002245
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195002249
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 5.3 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #938,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Remains a solid, reliable and stimulating introduction to Roman history for the intelligent student."--Paul B. Harvey, Jr., Pennsylvania State University

"There are relatively few single-volume, comprehensive yet accessible histories of the Roman state from its pre-republican origins through the first years of imperial decline. Rostovtzeff provides one. The opening addenda informs students on how history is actually researched and written."--John David Christensen, Johnson State College

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If you want good information on Rome, this is the book for you.
Nikolaj Stenberg
One cannot fail to but to draw a parallel today with the American empire and to some extent the American foreign policy (the good and bad of it) in last 70 years.
sungalaxy
His writing style is clear and easy to follow which allows the reader to navigate the complex aspects of Roman history with ease.
S. Moss

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Nikolaj Stenberg on July 10, 2001
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Rostovtzeff's "ROME" from 1927 is one of the best books, in which you can read the general development of the Rome; from the republican era to the emperial. Using a tune in which everybody can follow, the book does not seem to academic; however it is! - the differense between Rostovtzeff and for example E. Gibbon, is that Gibbon made his book for academic only - Rostovtzeff did not.
The book has many daring interpretations of the decline and eventually the fall of the roman empire: Rostovtzeff says it was due to the rural population rebelling against the urban; whereby he sees a connection to the Russian Empire.
If you want good information on Rome, this is the book for you.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 21, 2000
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I read this book a few years ago in college and have since found it to be one of the best written on the subject of ancient Rome. Readable and enjoyable, it stands the test of time.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Moss on July 27, 2012
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Rome is an old classic study by Russian historian Mikhail Rostovtzeff. He was well known for his works The Social and Economic History of the Hellenistic World (Oxford University Press academic monograph reprints) (Vols 1-3) and The Social and Economic History of the Roman Empire Volume I 2nd Edition. His book Rome functions as a good (classic) introduction to Roman history and serves as a good jumping off point for exploring more technical works. Published in 1927, it was volume 2 of his A History of the Ancient World. Despite its age the book is still quite a solid history of Rome.

Rostovtzeff opens the book with a bit of skepticism of many of the early roman historians (like Polybius) of the founding and success of Rome. He dismissed the success describes as being due to the "virtue of Roman citizens, and the perfection of the Roman constitution" and suggests the story is more complicated. According to Rostovtzeff, many early historians "deliberately perverted" the historical record to link early Roman history with the civilized world of the Greeks through Greek mythology and ties to the Trojan War in an attempt to create their own unique Roman history. Rostovtzeff discusses the interplay in the pre-republic period between the Greek colonies, Phoenicians/Carthaginians, Etruscans, Samnites, and Latins, etc. Like I stated earlier, he is skeptical of the early historians and the connected history of Rome and Greece through the Trojan War and Rome's origins to Aeneas and his grandsons Romulus and Remus.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sungalaxy on April 21, 2012
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I wish I had learned my history from prof. Rostovtzeff !! He was an academic scholar decorated in his lifetime but also a historian for common man. His story is American story-- a talented immigrant from Russia in 1918 who found home and his calling in Academic America. His experiences and hardships generated unique insights and self-examination that probably made his books so immensely readable. His language is never pedantic and he does not write anything that both academicians and common people cannot understand. He is an amazing writer who instantly takes you back 2000 years and have events unfold in front of you as if you were there. You understand not only the motivations and needs of the Romans, the provinces, but also of Roman empire. What made it grow? what made it stable? what rulers were like? what were senators like? what was common man like and more importantly what the business of empire was about?

The book is slow to start in the first couple of chapters as Rostovtzeff builds the Roman story and you do not get a sense of where he is going. But once Carthage comes into the picture the whole book (as the Roman history) takes off to another level!!! It is hard to put down at this time. The key is how he builds the emotional/economic nexus of the Roman life and what motivated the democrats and the senators? One cannot fail to but to draw a parallel today with the American empire and to some extent the American foreign policy (the good and bad of it) in last 70 years. Big powers then and now are no different. Especially how sometimes the business motivation stimulated military actions.
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