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The Romans and their world [electronic resource] /
Brian Campbell.
imprint
New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, c2011.
description
x, 285 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0300117957 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780300117950 (cloth : alk. paper)
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imprint
New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, c2011.
isbn
0300117957 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780300117950 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
11953676
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [249]-269) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2012-07-01:
Accomplished in Roman military institutions, Latin texts on surveying (the Corpus Agrimensorum), and (recently) ancient Mediterranean river systems, Campbell (Queen's University, Belfast) now displays his considerable expertise in an authoritative, new, and in many respects traditional survey of Roman history. He begins at the legendary beginnings (but with full awareness of the archaeological evidence) and marches briskly forward to the deposition of the child emperor Romulus "Augustulus" in 476 CE. Campbell presents all eras and topics in crisp prose. He masterfully discusses military affairs (as expected from this scholar); "Running the Empire" is an enviable chapter synthesizing political and administrative history from 14 to 235 CE. Social structure and religion are not prominent here. Excellent translations of ancient sources enliven the text. Good maps (not original), striking black-and-white photographs, charts (e.g., legionary dispositions) and battle plans (Cannae, Zama, Dura-Europos), and a carefully selected list of readings of modern scholarship and accessible English translations of ancient sources enhance the utility of an excellent survey perhaps best appreciated by advanced undergraduates. But rare will be the scholar who also does not learn from Campbell. Summing Up: Essential. Upper-division undergraduates and above. P. B. Harvey Jr. Pennsylvania State University, University Park Campus
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"[A] lucid new survey of Roman history."Adam Kirsch , The New Yorker
"[Campbell] masterfully discusses military affairs (as expected from this scholar) . . . Excellent translations of ancient sources enliven the text. . . . rare will be the scholar who also does not learn from Campbell."P.B. Harvey Jr., Choice
Selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic 2012 Title for Subcategory Ancient History within the Social and Behavioral Sciences category.
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
This text presents the history of the Roman world that begins with the early years of the republic & carries the story nearly 1000 years forward to 476, when Romulus Augustus, the last Western Roman emperor, was deposed. It explores several themes, including the fall of the republic and the impact of emperors on imperial politics.
Bowker Data Service Summary
This text presents the history of the Roman world that begins with the early years of the Republic & carries the story nearly 1000 years forward to AD 476, when Romulus Augustus, the last Western Roman emperor, was deposed. It explores several themes, including the fall of the Republic and the impact of emperors on imperial politics.
Main Description
This one-volume history of the Roman world begins with the early years of the republic and carries the story nearly a thousand years forward to 476, when Romulus Augustus, the last Western Roman emperor, was deposed. Brian Campbell, respected scholar and teacher, presents a fascinating and wide-ranging introduction to Rome, drawing on an array of ancient sources and covering topics of interest to readers with little prior background in Roman history as well as those already familiar with the great civilization. Campbell explores several themes, including the fall of the republic, the impact of colorful and diverse emperors on imperial politics, the administrative structure of empire, and the Roman army and how warfare affected the Roman world. He also surveys cultural and social life, including religion and the rise of Christianity. Generously enhanced with maps and illustrations, this book is a rich and inspiring account of a mighty civilization and the citizens who made it so.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. viii
Prefacep. xi
Becoming Master of Italyp. 1
Conquering the Mediterraneanp. 24
The Transformation of Romep. 45
The Sewer of Romulusp. 64
Augustus and the New Orderp. 93
Running the Empirep. 120
Soldiers and Warsp. 142
The World of Imperial Romep. 166
Crisis and Recoveryp. 195
The Christian Empirep. 216
Suggested Readingp. 249
Indexp. 270
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