Cambridge University Press, 29/11/2007
EAN 9780521711494, ISBN10: 0521711495
Paperback, 412 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 2.6 cm
A short and comprehensive political and military history of ancient Rome, from the origins of the city in the Italian Iron Age, until the deposition of the last emperor in 476 AD. Outlining the Rome's absorption of the Italian peninsula, Christopher Mackay explains how this conquest provided the Romans with the man power that allowed them to conquer the Mediterranean in a mere half-century. Mackay details how the military responsibilities of empire undermined the political institutions of the Republic and how the Imperial adoption of Christianity as the state religion, as well as the military and economic pressures of the third and fourth centuries, eventually led to the downfall of the western empire through invasion. Illustrated with the relevant art works from Rome's long history, this volume will serve as a timely and up to date overview of one of the most extraordinary civilizations of human history.
'The work is particularly compelling for the discussion of the Republic and Late Empire ... The clear and detailed accounts of all major Roman military campaigns ... should assure this volume an enduring place in undergraduate libraries.' Bryn Mawr Classical Review