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Roman Realities Paperback – January 1, 1978
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Based on the major primary sources of Roman history, this book recalls the experiences of the ancient Romans through a thousand years of their history.
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"Roman Realities" recalls the experiences of the ancient Romans through a thousand years of their history, emphasizing the problems produced by their successes and the lessons to be learned from their failures. It is based on the major primary sources of Roman history, with illuminating paralells between ancient and modern times.
Although scholars will find the events in this book familiar, they will not necessarily share its insights or agree with its interpretations. This is a book to read, enjoyand argue about.
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Roman Realities is a gem of a book. If I were cast ashore on a desert island, it is one of the 10 books I would hope got washed ashore with me. Dr. Hooper is a superb writer, whose style is crisp and eminently readable. In addition, he focuses on the people more than trends and how the people lived. For my money, people are the key to history. His chapter on Julius Caesar is one of the best summaries of this important figure in Roman history.
If you are intent on reading further about the Romans, Dr. Hooper provides an outstanding list of books to delve into. He also has a detailed index, which some books do not have. There are also plenty of illustrations and helpful maps.
I have read this book at least twice and intend to read it again. All told, I have about 75 books on ancient history, but this one stands out like a beacon. There is simply nothing of a negative nature that I could possible find.
John Slatter, CFA