Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire by Simon Baker

Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire

By Simon Baker

  • Publication Date: 2010-09-30
  • Genre: Ancient
4 Score: 4 (From 37 Ratings)

Book Overview

This is the story of the greatest empire the world has ever known. Simon Baker charts the rise and fall of the world's first superpower, focusing on six momentous turning points that shaped Roman history. Welcome to Rome as you've never seen it before - awesome and splendid, gritty and squalid.

From the conquest of the Mediterranean beginning in the third century BC to the destruction of the Roman Empire at the hands of barbarian invaders some seven centuries later, we discover the most critical episodes in Roman history: the spectacular collapse of the 'free' republic, the birth of the age of the 'Caesars', the violent suppression of the strongest rebellion against Roman power, and the bloody civil war that launched Christianity as a world religion.

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. Putting flesh on the bones of these distant, legendary figures, Simon Baker looks beyond the dusty, toga-clad caricatures and explores their real motivations and 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.

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    5
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    I love this book. I love this book because this book was was explained carefully to the reader, informed the reader very well and it was very interesting. Im learning this in my Social Studies Class but this, this helped me understand better, read better, and this book taught me everything that I need and needed to learn. I recomend this books to all of those who love Anceint Rome and who wants to learn about Ancient Rome!
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    By Yellerhead
    Great historical account and writing of the Roman Empire! I would recommend this account to anyone truly interested in the history of the ancient Roman Empire.
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    By Azkid70
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