By William E. Dunstan
Historical Rome masterfully synthesizes the huge interval from the second one millennium BCE to the 6th century CE, sporting readers during the succession of fateful steps and agonizing crises that marked Roman evolution from an early village payment to the capital of a unprecedented realm extending from northern Britain to the deserts of Arabia. a number of world-famous figures come to existence in those pages, together with Alexander the good, Hannibal, Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, Augustus, Livia, Cicero, Nero, Hadrian, Diocletian, Constantine, Justinian, and Theodora. packed with chilling narratives of violence, lust, and political expediency, this ebook not just describes empire-shaping political and armed forces occasions but additionally treats social and cultural advancements as quintessential to Roman background. William E. Dunstan highlights such key issues because the actual setting, ladies, legislation, the jobs of slaves and freedmen, the plight of unprivileged loose humans, the composition and tool of the ruling category, schooling, renowned leisure, nutrition and garments, marriage and divorce, intercourse, demise and burial, finance and exchange, clinical and scientific achievements, non secular associations and practices, and creative and literary masterpieces. All readers attracted to the classical international will locate this a desirable and compelling background.
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Ancient Rome by William E. Dunstan