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History of Rome 0th Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
Overall, the book is an easy and entertaining read, covering military, political, artistic, and religious sides of Rome. Although I have a Ph.D. in a social science, I have refreshed my knowledge about Rome in this book and learned a number of new, interesting facts. Definitely recommednded for anyone who wants to know more about Rome.
But, as primers go, it is very thorough. Grant discusses the political, economical, and military aspects of Roman life relatively equally. His timeline encompasses the entire span of Roman history (a breathtaking era).
Furthermore, unlike many historians, Grant includes the cultural side of Roman life. He gives almost equal weight to Vergil, Horace and Ovid as to many political/military figures. This gives a more human aspect to ancient Rome, which, though like modern society in many ways, still seems so remote to us.
Grant's writing style can get a bit dull, but the book flows well
and is hard to put down. History may be more exciting than drama at times, but telling it is often more difficult. Grant can hardly be blamed for not keeping the reader at the edge of his seat all the time.
At that time I was ignorant and unconcerned with the history of Rome, and its impact on civilisation as we know it to-day. This book changed my views of the city completely. Grant presented all events, documented and conjactured, very much in detail. Yet, he managed to present almost 1300 years of Roman history (it covered the period of roughly the formation of the Roman Kingdom 800 BC to the "fall" of the Western Roman Empire AD 476), in less than 500 pages. Not a single word was wasted, and because of that, he was able to keep my concentration. The maps were quite useful, and had just enough information without being totally cluttered and unreadible.
The only complaint I have, was that in many occasions, he assumed a basic knowledge on Roman social structure and major and minor historical events. But this did not make the book too difficult to follow. Aside from that, I enjoyed reading the book, over and over again.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Written for the general reader. Are there any general readers of ancient history? Also, author tends to criticize the Romans for not being modern social-democrats, which he... Read morePublished 6 months ago by the Woodchuck
If you want to learn about ancient Rome, this is the book to read.Published 8 months ago by Jennifer K
An excellent introduction to the subject for someone like me coming to it for the first time. It will whet your appetite for more. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Colorado Gent
Very good one volume book covering the who;e Roman Empire. I enjoyed the way Grant added his observations to go along with the facts. Very easy to read.Published 17 months ago by Rod Jetton