Ancient Rome The Rise and Fall of an Empire (Paperback)
|Author: Simon Baker|
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|"Ancient Rome" is the story of the greatest empire the world has ever known. Focusing on six turning points in Roman history, Simon Baker''s absorbing narrative charts the rise and fall of a political machine unmatched in its brutality, genius, and lust for power. From the conquest of the Mediterranean in the 3rd century BC to the destruction of the empire at the hands of barbarian invaders 700 years later, we discover the pivotal episodes in Roman history. At the heart of this account are some of the most powerful rulers in history--men like Julius Caesar, Augustus, Nero, and Constantine. Putting flesh on the bones of these legendary figures, Baker looks beyond the dusty caricatures to explore their real motivations, ambitions, intrigues, and rivalries. The superb narrative, full of energy and imagination, is a brilliant distillation of the latest scholarship and a wonderfully evocative account of ancient Rome.|
From the Publisher:
Ancient Rome is the story of the greatest empire ever known.
Focusing on six momentous turning points that helped to shape Roman history, Simon Baker’s gripping narrative charts the rise and fall of the world’s first superpower – a political machine unmatched in its brutality, its genius, its lust for power.
From the conquest of the Mediterranean beginning in the third century BC to the destruction of the empire at the hands of barbarian invaders some seven centuries later, we discover the most critical episodes in Roman history. At the heart of this account are the dynamic, complex but flawed characters of some of the most powerful rulers in history: men such as Pompey the Great, Julius Caesar, Augustus, Nero and Constantine. This is Rome as we’ve never seen it before – awesome and splendid, gritty and squalid. Accompanying a landmark BBC television series, Ancient Rome is a fresh, fast-paced history which addresses themes about the nature of power that are as relevant today as they were two thousand years ago.