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The Roman World 44 BC-AD 180 (The Routledge History of the Ancient World) Hardcover – January 12, 2012
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About the Author
Martin Goodman is Professor of Jewish Studies at Oxford. He is a Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford, and a Fellow of the British Academy. He has written numerous books, including The Ruling Class of Judaea (1987) and Rome and Jerusalem: the clash of ancient civilizations (2007).
Top Customer Reviews
One can see how often people complain on Amazon about the inaccessibility of what they thought were more basic overviews of a given era. Martin Goodman found a great solution to this problem.
After a brief introduction on the nature of the sources, the reader gets about 70 pages of narrative history. It's fast, but well-organized, and situates the reader nicely. The account also introduces many major themes to be discussed later, as well as preparing the reader to reconsider the era by geographic units. Thereafter, a thematic section discusses economy, culture, the emperor, etc., characterizing the entity whose development had been described previously in terms of politics, warfare, and organization. Now that the Early Empire has been described in such detail, the next section breaks down the members of this state by class, ethnicity, gender, and geography and examines in what manner each group participated in, benefited or suffered from, accepted or did not accept this state and the overarching culture.Read more ›
Its coverage is all embracing, and the organisation of sections provides an in depth coverage of all aspects of Roman society, trade, religion,and foreign policy