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A History of Rome From Its Origins to A.d. 529, As Told By the Roman Historians Hardcover – Import, 1958
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The design of the book is to present a continuous history of Rome from the legendary beginnings to the age of Justinian drawing on the literary tradition as the ancients conceived and transmitted their history, so far as possible in their own words.
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By analogy, it is as if one were crossing a stream, either by a series of stepping-stones or by a bridge. If the stepping-stones were intricately carved, perhaps with gold, silver and diamond inserts, this path would be the more interesting of the two. The bridge would likely be the quicker route. If you want a straightforward more coherent history of Rome, there are better books, but this may be the book for you if you want to savor the flavor of the Latin histories upon which the histories of Rome are based.
A good example is the question of price controls instituted by Diocletian. Professor Hadas states, in a few sentences, that Diocletian instituted such a system, but that it did not work. He also provides the two-page preamble to Diocletian's edict on prices. This is great if you want to read what Diolcetian actually said. Another history of Rome might spend time analyzing the edict, why it did not work, how prices varied under previous emperors and how it might relate to price controls instituted in the 20th century. Professor Hadas's approach may delight some readers but may frustrate others. Be forewarned so that you will not be disappointed lest the book not be what you expected it to be. I was both delighted and frustrated, but a little more of the latter, hence I gave it only 4 stars. If you want to read excerpts from the Latin classics, selected and translated by a preeminent scholar, then you might give it 5 stars.