By Thomas R. Martin
With commanding ability, Thomas R. Martin tells the striking and dramatic tale of ways a tiny, bad, and threatened cost turned, in the course of its top, the dominant strength within the Mediterranean international for 5 hundred years. Encompassing the interval from Rome's founding within the 8th century B.C. via Justinian's rule within the 6th century A.D., he deals a particular viewpoint at the Romans and their civilization through applying primary Roman values as a lens wherein to view either their upward thrust and staggering fall.
Interweaving social, political, non secular, and cultural background, Martin translates the successes and screw ups of the Romans in struggle, political association, quest for private prestige, and within the integration of non secular ideals and practices with govt. He specializes in the vital function of social and ethical values in settling on person behavior in addition to judgements of kingdom, from monarchy to republic to empire. Striving to reconstruct historic historical past from the floor up, he contains common references to historic texts and authors, encouraging readers to come to the first assets. finished, concise, and obtainable, this masterful account offers a different window into Rome and its altering fortune.
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Ancient Rome: From Romulus to Justinian by Thomas R. Martin