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Free download Rome An Empire's Story 109 Ë The very idea of empire was created in ancient Rome and even today traces of its monuments literature and institutions can be found across Europe the Near East and North Africa and sometimes even further afieldIn Rome historian Greg Woolf expertly recounts how this mammoth empire was created how it was sustaNt retellings of each of these from the war with Carthage to Octavian's victory over Cleopatra from the height of territorial expansion under the emperors Trajan and Hadrian to the founding of Constantinople and the barbarian invasions which resulted in Rome's ultimate collapse Throughout Woolf carefully considers the conditions that made Rome's success possible and so durable covering topics as diverse as ecology slavery and religion Woolf also compares Rome to other ancient empires and to its many later imitators bringing into vivid relief the. Accessible and pleasantly written general history of the Roman Empire Chapters dealing with chronological political history and thematic chapters alternate The former present a good overview especially for readers with limited previous knowledge of the period discussed but it is the latter in which the book really shines due to the author's wide and deep scholarship Both primary sources and scholarly treatments of antiuity are discussed with intimate understanding

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Empire's most distinctive and enduring featuresAs Woolf demonstrates nobody ever planned to create a state that would last than a millennium and a half yet Rome was able in the end to survive barbarian migrations economic collapse and even the conflicts between a series of world religions that had grown up within its borders in the process generating an image and a myth of empire that is apparently indestructible Based on new research and compellingly told this sweeping account promises to eclipse all previously published histories of the empir. I knew almost nothing about history before 1000 AD I have wanted to better my understanding of the Roman Empire for some time now and when I came across a one volume history of Rome I thought I found a good way to do that In the end it turned out that I learned a great deal about Rome This book however wasn't the sole source of my understanding It is written for some reason for an audience that already knows Roman history I was able to read the book because it's well written and easy to follow but every page is literally filled to the brim with information In order for me to understand the author I had to read a section of a chapter and then spend a some time googling various roman history sites to fill in any information that was missing because the author assumed that I already knew it I think probably that it was my desire to know about this time period that kept me reading the book in this fashion Ordinarily I wouldn't have the patience to keep this sort of thing up In the end I have a much better understanding of something that I knew almost nothing about Soobjective achieved I guess I would not recommend this book to a casual reader If you have a strong ancient history background then you would most likely enjoy the book

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Rome An Empire's StoryThe very idea of empire was created in ancient Rome and even today traces of its monuments literature and institutions can be found across Europe the Near East and North Africa and sometimes even further afieldIn Rome historian Greg Woolf expertly recounts how this mammoth empire was created how it was sustained in crisis and how it shaped the world of its rulers and subjects a story spanning a millennium and a half of history The personalities and events of Roman history have become part of the West's cultural lexicon and Woolf provides brillia. When a society makes monuments it reveals a lot about collective attitudes to time and the community First it affirms the importance of history Second it asserts however nervously confidence in posterity that there will be a future audience or readership Finally it imagines a community stretched out in time those to whom this event or this person mattered and those to whom it will still matter 294 This one was a doozy to get through Woolf's goal is ambitious but also a bit disappointing for the average reader I say AVERAGE reader because that's not who this book is aimed for If you're looking for a step by step overview of the history of Rome don't read this If you have a sufficient knowledge of historical patterns EuropeanRoman history yeah sure go for this bookThat being said Woolf's writing is fascinating but DRY AS A DESERT I felt like I was thrown into Wikipedia articles half the time with names and numbers and places I had no concept of The book is one of concepts ideas and uestions not history That bad Nah Disappointing for someone looking for a history of Rome as the book initially promises IndeedHonestly I didn't know what was happening up until the fall of the Republic and Christianization of the Empire It gives some amazing insights into that worth thinking about but ultimately it left me frustrated than enlightened 355 for trying and for Woolf being a genius but a dull writing style and confusing construction