- Series: Penguin Classics
- Paperback: 576 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Classics; Later Printing Used edition (February 28, 1980)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140443622
- ISBN-13: 978-0140443622
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 42 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1. Significant spelling mistakes - "die" in place of "the" in multiple locations, just as an example.
2. No map - how an the readers read about the Punic Wars without maps of Sicily, Italy, North Africa, etc.
At a price almost the same as the paperback, this is an unacceptable poor quality product!!
Polybus gives two reasons why the Romans rose above their rivals to dominate the world: (1) good governance and (2) organization on and off the battlefield. The author lauds the Romans' mixed constitution which he cites as a balance between the three forms of acceptable government: monarchy, aristocracy and democracy. I've read that this had an effect on the US founding fathers. Polybus writes that the Romans had a good balance between checks and balances and efficiency of decision making.
Another reason for Roman ascension and dominance given by Polybus is the Romans' ability to focus on a task and to work together to achieve it. This can be said of most great empires and cultures and the inverse can be said of most basket cases. Polybus makes an interesting comment that the Romans were better at land warfare than they were at sea warfare because the Romans could plan and control things better on land. The Romans managed to do OK against Carthage at sea. But, the Romans still did best when they stuck to mother earth.
Also of note, was Polybus' smack down on the rival historian Timaeus. Polybus spends a lot of ink telling us readers that Timaeus is a schmuck and that Polybus' rhyme rules. Sure, `Rise of the Roman Empire' is lacking in humor and irony. However, it provides insight into an important turn in the history or Western civilization that was far from pre-ordained. And we have some good mud slinging to reassure us that the author is human after all.
Almost every page had at least one referral to footnotes. Try as I might, I never managed to access these footnotes.
Finally I called a customer service tech. We tried various things without success. Finally the tech said, "I guess we have to admit that this edition DOES NOT HAVE ANY FOOTNOTES. What was then my shock when, on finishing the book today, I saw----low and behold---page after page of FOOTNOTES. Interesting as they are to read now, they are hardly as useful and helpful as they would have been, if they had been accessible WHILE I was reading the text instead of divorced entirely from it.
Upshot??? Never again will I buy an academic work on kindle. Half of the information will be unavailable until it is useless.
Later in the book he gave the types of government of states and why they failed, excellent. It is as true today as it was 2000 years ago.
Of course folks should be aware that this is an abridged version, and that Polybius's works have survived only in part. However, unless you need an unabridged edition, this is worth getting and reading.