SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome

SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome
Author: Mary Beard
Publsiher: W. W. Norton & Company
Total Pages: 608
Release: 2015-11-09
ISBN 10: 1631491253
ISBN 13: 9781631491252
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome Book Review:

New York Times Bestseller A New York Times Notable Book Named one of the Best Books of the Year by the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, Foreign Affairs, and Kirkus Reviews Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award (Nonfiction) Shortlisted for the Cundill Prize in Historical Literature Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize (History) A San Francisco Chronicle Holiday Gift Guide Selection A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice Selection A sweeping, "magisterial" history of the Roman Empire from one of our foremost classicists shows why Rome remains "relevant to people many centuries later" (Atlantic). In SPQR, an instant classic, Mary Beard narrates the history of Rome "with passion and without technical jargon" and demonstrates how "a slightly shabby Iron Age village" rose to become the "undisputed hegemon of the Mediterranean" (Wall Street Journal). Hailed by critics as animating "the grand sweep and the intimate details that bring the distant past vividly to life" (Economist) in a way that makes "your hair stand on end" (Christian Science Monitor) and spanning nearly a thousand years of history, this "highly informative, highly readable" (Dallas Morning News) work examines not just how we think of ancient Rome but challenges the comfortable historical perspectives that have existed for centuries. With its nuanced attention to class, democratic struggles, and the lives of entire groups of people omitted from the historical narrative for centuries, SPQR will to shape our view of Roman history for decades to come.

SPQR

SPQR
Author: Mary Beard
Publsiher: Faber & Faber
Total Pages: 606
Release: 2016-04
ISBN 10: 9781846683817
ISBN 13: 1846683815
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

SPQR Book Review:

Sunday Times Top 10 BestsellerShortlisted for a British Book Industry Book of the Year Award 2016The new series Ultimate Rome: Empire Without Limit is on BBC2 nowAncient Rome matters.Its history of empire, conquest, cruelty and excess is something against which we still judge ourselves. Its myths and stories - from Romulus and Remus to the Rape of Lucretia - still strike a chord with us. And its debates about citizenship, security and the rights of the individual still influence our own debates on civil liberty today.SPQR is a new look at Roman history from one of the world's foremost classicists. It explores not only how Rome grew from an insignificant village in central Italy to a power that controlled territory from Spain to Syria, but also how the Romans thought about themselves and their achievements, and why they are still important to us. Covering 1,000 years of history, and casting fresh light on the basics of Roman culture from slavery to running water, as well as exploring democracy, migration, religious controversy, social mobility and exploitation in the larger context of the empire, this is a definitive history of ancient Rome.SPQR is the Romans' own abbreviation for their state: Senatus Populusque Romanus, 'the Senate and People of Rome'.

SPQR

SPQR
Author: Mary Beard
Publsiher: Profile Books
Total Pages: 606
Release: 2015-10-20
ISBN 10: 184765441X
ISBN 13: 9781847654410
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

SPQR Book Review:

Sunday Times Top 10 Bestseller Shortlisted for a British Book Industry Book of the Year Award 2016 The new series Ultimate Rome: Empire Without Limit is on BBC2 now Ancient Rome matters. Its history of empire, conquest, cruelty and excess is something against which we still judge ourselves. Its myths and stories - from Romulus and Remus to the Rape of Lucretia - still strike a chord with us. And its debates about citizenship, security and the rights of the individual still influence our own debates on civil liberty today. SPQR is a new look at Roman history from one of the world's foremost classicists. It explores not only how Rome grew from an insignificant village in central Italy to a power that controlled territory from Spain to Syria, but also how the Romans thought about themselves and their achievements, and why they are still important to us. Covering 1,000 years of history, and casting fresh light on the basics of Roman culture from slavery to running water, as well as exploring democracy, migration, religious controversy, social mobility and exploitation in the larger context of the empire, this is a definitive history of ancient Rome. SPQR is the Romans' own abbreviation for their state: Senatus Populusque Romanus, 'the Senate and People of Rome'.

Summary and Analysis of SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome

Summary and Analysis of SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome
Author: Worth Books
Publsiher: Open Road Media
Total Pages: 30
Release: 2017-02-07
ISBN 10: 1504044061
ISBN 13: 9781504044066
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Summary and Analysis of SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome Book Review:

So much to read, so little time? This brief overview of SPQR tells you what you need to know—before or after you read Mary Beard’s book. Crafted and edited with care, Worth Books set the standard for quality and give you the tools you need to be a well-informed reader. This short summary and analysis of SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard includes: Historical context Chapter-by-chapter summaries Detailed timeline of key events Profiles of the main characters Important quotes Fascinating trivia Glossary of terms Supporting material to enhance your understanding of the original work About SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard: A sweeping history of the ancient capital of Italy, SPQR contains all of the excitement of Roman conquest and a fascinating view of everyday life in the days of Cicero, Mark Antony, and Julius Caesar. Renowned historian Mary Beard narrates the major battles, the betrayals, assassinations, and revolts, the remarkable reign of Augustus, and the delicate balance of maintaining peaceful relations across far-flung provinces. With brilliant analysis and vivid historical detail, SPQR was a New York Times bestseller and a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist. The summary and analysis in this ebook are intended to complement your reading experience and bring you closer to a great work of nonfiction.

Confronting the Classics

Confronting the Classics
Author: Mary Beard
Publsiher: Profile Books
Total Pages: 310
Release: 2013-03-07
ISBN 10: 1847658881
ISBN 13: 9781847658883
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Confronting the Classics Book Review:

Mary Beard is one of the world's best-known classicists - a brilliant academic, with a rare gift for communicating with a wide audience both though her TV presenting and her books. In a series of sparkling essays, she explores our rich classical heritage - from Greek drama to Roman jokes, introducing some larger-than-life characters of classical history, such as Alexander the Great, Nero and Boudicca. She invites you into the places where Greeks and Romans lived and died, from the palace at Knossos to Cleopatra's Alexandria - and reveals the often hidden world of slaves. She takes a fresh look at both scholarly controversies and popular interpretations of the ancient world, from The Golden Bough to Asterix. The fruit of over thirty years in the world of classical scholarship, Confronting the Classics captures the world of antiquity and its modern significance with wit, verve and scholarly expertise.

Dynasty

Dynasty
Author: Tom Holland
Publsiher: Little, Brown Book Group
Total Pages: 512
Release: 2015-09-03
ISBN 10: 0748127895
ISBN 13: 9780748127894
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Dynasty Book Review:

Rome was first ruled by kings, then became a republic. But in the end, after conquering the world, the Republic collapsed. Rome was drowned in blood. So terrible were the civil wars that the Roman people finally came to welcome the rule of an autocrat who could give them peace. 'Augustus,' their new master called himself: 'The Divinely Favoured One'. The lurid glamour of the dynasty founded by Augustus has never faded. No other family can compare for sheer unsettling fascination with its gallery of leading characters. Tiberius, the great general who ended up a bitter recluse, notorious for his perversions; Caligula, the master of cruelty and humiliation who rode his chariot across the sea; Agrippina, the mother of Nero, manoeuvering to bring to power the son who would end up having her murdered; Nero himself, racing in the Olympics, marrying a eunuch, and building a pleasure palace over the fire-gutted centre of his capital. Now, in the sequel to Rubicon, Tom Holland gives a dazzling portrait of Rome's first imperial dynasty. Dynasty traces the full astonishing story of its rule of the world: both the brilliance of its allure, and the blood-steeped shadows cast by its crimes. Ranging from the great capital rebuilt in marble by Augustus to the dank and barbarian-haunted forests of Germany, it is populated by a spectacular cast: murderers and metrosexuals, adulterers and druids, scheming grandmothers and reluctant gladiators. Dynasty is the portrait of a family that transformed and stupefied Rome.

The Storm Before the Storm

The Storm Before the Storm
Author: Mike Duncan
Publsiher: PublicAffairs
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2017-10-24
ISBN 10: 1610397223
ISBN 13: 9781610397223
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Storm Before the Storm Book Review:

The creator of the award-winning podcast series The History of Rome and Revolutions brings to life the bloody battles, political machinations, and human drama that set the stage for the fall of the Roman Republic. The Roman Republic was one of the most remarkable achievements in the history of civilization. Beginning as a small city-state in central Italy, Rome gradually expanded into a wider world filled with petty tyrants, barbarian chieftains, and despotic kings. Through the centuries, Rome's model of cooperative and participatory government remained remarkably durable and unmatched in the history of the ancient world. In 146 BC, Rome finally emerged as the strongest power in the Mediterranean. But the very success of the Republic proved to be its undoing. The republican system was unable to cope with the vast empire Rome now ruled: rising economic inequality disrupted traditional ways of life, endemic social and ethnic prejudice led to clashes over citizenship and voting rights, and rampant corruption and ruthless ambition sparked violent political clashes that cracked the once indestructible foundations of the Republic. Chronicling the years 146-78 BC, The Storm Before the Storm dives headlong into the first generation to face this treacherous new political environment. Abandoning the ancient principles of their forbearers, men like Marius, Sulla, and the Gracchi brothers set dangerous new precedents that would start the Republic on the road to destruction and provide a stark warning about what can happen to a civilization that has lost its way.

Spqr

Spqr
Author: Summary Reads
Publsiher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Total Pages: 40
Release: 2015-11-27
ISBN 10: 9781519558947
ISBN 13: 1519558945
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Spqr Book Review:

SPQR: A HISTORY OF ANCIENT ROME - SUMMARY & HIGHLIGHTS PLEASE NOTE: This is a summary and analysis of the book and NOT the original book. SPQR: A HISTORY OF ANCIENT ROME masterfully tells the story of Rome from its inception as a small Italian village to the sprawling empire ruled by the fourteen emperors. From the humble, if not treacherous, beginnings of Romulus to the fall of the Republic with Julius Caesar SPQR goes behind the scenes of the greatest imperial power the ancient world had ever seen. Rome was a land built on mythical battles taking place in Italy until one leader took the idea of expansion and annexation to another level. As Sicily falls into the hands of the Romans all the way to the fall of Britain, Beard walks the reader through the progression of Roman rule. PLEASE NOTE: This is a summary and analysis of the book and NOT the original book.

Spqr: The Roman Empire Has Just Discovered a Terrifying New World

Spqr: The Roman Empire Has Just Discovered a Terrifying New World
Author: Richard Blade
Publsiher: R. R. Bowker
Total Pages: 434
Release: 2019-11-29
ISBN 10: 9780578603902
ISBN 13: 057860390X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Spqr: The Roman Empire Has Just Discovered a Terrifying New World Book Review:

A shocking discovery in a Native American burial ground in present-day North Carolina reveals a history-changing link to ancient Rome.In 55 B.C. the Roman Senate orders their most honored general, Demetrius Varinica, to cease mourning his wife and return to Rome to lead a fleet on an ill-fated invasion. The general and a handful of survivors from the devastated Fifteenth Legion wash up on an unknown shore and find themselves in a terrifying new world where every moment is a battle to stay alive.Befriended by a peaceful tribe, these hardened warriors learn a different way of life, existing with nature, without war, without fighting. But even as a new day dawns, a terrifying evil falls upon the land and confronts Demetrius with an unthinkable choice, honor his oath and return with his men to Rome or remain in this strange country and pick up his sword once again to face impossible odds in a desperate attempt to save the lives of these gentle people and the woman who has won his heart.

The Roman Triumph

The Roman Triumph
Author: Mary Beard
Publsiher: Harvard University Press
Total Pages: 434
Release: 2009-06-30
ISBN 10: 9780674020597
ISBN 13: 0674020596
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Roman Triumph Book Review:

A radical reexamination of the most extraordinary of ancient ceremonies, this book explores the magnificence of the Roman Triumph--but also its darker side, as it prompted the Romans to question as well as celebrate military glory. This richly illustrated work is a testament to the profound importance of the triumph in Roman culture--and for monarchs and generals ever since.

It's a Don's Life

It's a Don's Life
Author: Mary Beard
Publsiher: Profile Books
Total Pages: 277
Release: 2010-08-06
ISBN 10: 1847652468
ISBN 13: 9781847652461
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

It's a Don's Life Book Review:

Mary Beard's by now famous blog A Don's Life has been running on the TLS website for nearly three years. In it she has made her name as a wickedly subversive commentator on the world in which we live. Her central themes are the classics, universities and teaching -- and much else besides. What are academics for? Who was the first African Roman emperor? Looting -- ancient and modern. Are modern exams easier? Keep lesbos for the lesbians. Did St Valentine exist? What made the Romans laugh? That is just a small taste of this selection (and some of the choicer responses) which will inform, occasionally provoke and cannot fail to entertain.

The Crusades

The Crusades
Author: Thomas Asbridge
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 784
Release: 2010-03-30
ISBN 10: 9780061981364
ISBN 13: 0061981362
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Crusades Book Review:

The Crusades is an authoritative, accessible single-volume history of the brutal struggle for the Holy Land in the Middle Ages. Thomas Asbridge—a renowned historian who writes with “maximum vividness” (Joan Acocella, The New Yorker)—covers the years 1095 to 1291 in this big, ambitious, readable account of one of the most fascinating periods in history. From Richard the Lionheart to the mighty Saladin, from the emperors of Byzantium to the Knights Templar, Asbridge’s book is a magnificent epic of Holy War between the Christian and Islamic worlds, full of adventure, intrigue, and sweeping grandeur.

The Fires of Vesuvius

The Fires of Vesuvius
Author: Mary Beard
Publsiher: Harvard University Press
Total Pages: 360
Release: 2010-04-30
ISBN 10: 0674045866
ISBN 13: 9780674045866
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Fires of Vesuvius Book Review:

Although Pompeii still does not give up its secrets quite as easily as it may seem, Mary Beard makes sense of the remains. From sex to politics, food to religion, slavery to literacy, she offers us the big picture of the inhabitants of the lost city.

Thebes

Thebes
Author: Paul Cartledge
Publsiher: Abrams
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2020-09-22
ISBN 10: 1468316079
ISBN 13: 9781468316070
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Thebes Book Review:

The riveting, deï¬?nitive account of the ancient Greek city of Thebes, by the acclaimed author of The Spartans Among the extensive writing available about the history of ancient Greece, there is precious little about the city-state of Thebes. At one point the most powerful city in ancient Greece, Thebes has been long overshadowed by its better-known rivals, Athens and Sparta. In Thebes: The Forgotten City of Ancient Greece, acclaimed classicist and historian Paul Cartledge brings the city vividly to life and argues that it is central to our understanding of the ancient Greeks’ achievements—whether politically or culturally—and thus to the wider politico-cultural traditions of western Europe, the Americas, and indeed the world. From its role as an ancient political power, to its destruction at the hands of Alexander the Great as punishment for a failed revolt, to its eventual restoration by Alexander’s successor, Cartledge deftly chronicles the rise and fall of the ancient city. He recounts the history with deep clarity and mastery for the subject and makes clear both the differences and the interconnections between the Thebes of myth and the Thebes of history. Written in clear prose and illustrated with images in two color inserts, Thebes is a gripping read for students of ancient history and those looking to experience the real city behind the myths of Cadmus, Hercules, and Oedipus.

The Greatest Empire

The Greatest Empire
Author: Emily Wilson
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2014-09-23
ISBN 10: 0199392889
ISBN 13: 9780199392889
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Greatest Empire Book Review:

By any measure, Seneca (?4-65AD) is one of the most significant figures in both Roman literature and ancient philosophy. His writings are voluminous and diverse, ranging from satire to disturbing, violent tragedies, from metaphysical theory to moral and political discussions of virtue and anger. Seneca found himself at the turbulent center of Roman imperial power, making him thus an important witness to the Empire's first dynasty, the Julio-Claudians. Exiled by the emperor Claudius in the wake of a sex scandal, he was eventually brought back to Rome to become tutor and, later, speech-writer and advisor to Nero. Seneca was suspected of plotting against Nero, condemned to die, and ultimately took his own life-an act that is one of the most iconic suicides in Western history. The life and works of Seneca pose a number of fascinating challenges. How can we reconcile the bloody tragedies with the prose works advocating a life of Stoic tranquility? How are we to balance Seneca the man of principle, who counseled a life of calm and simplicity, with Seneca the man of the moment, who amassed a vast personal fortune in the service of an emperor seen by many, at the time and afterwards, as an insane tyrant? In this definitive and moving biography, Emily Wilson presents Seneca as a man under enormous pressure, struggling for compromise in a world of absolutism. The Greatest Empire offers us the portrait of a life lived perilously in the gap between political realities and philosophical ideals, between what we aspire to be and what we are.

The Rise of Rome

The Rise of Rome
Author: Anthony Everitt
Publsiher: Random House Incorporated
Total Pages: 478
Release: 2012
ISBN 10: 1400066638
ISBN 13: 9781400066636
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Rise of Rome Book Review:

Traces the rise of Rome as an unlikely evolution from a market village to the world's most powerful empire, offering insight into its political clashes, military strategies, leading figures, and internal corruptions.

Classics: A Very Short Introduction

Classics: A Very Short Introduction
Author: Mary Beard,John Henderson
Publsiher: Oxford Paperbacks
Total Pages: 145
Release: 2000-02-24
ISBN 10: 9780192853851
ISBN 13: 0192853856
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Classics: A Very Short Introduction Book Review:

Explores the relationship between the contemporary world and the ancient one.

The Eternal City: A History of Rome

The Eternal City: A History of Rome
Author: Ferdinand Addis
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 508
Release: 2017-11-07
ISBN 10: 1681775999
ISBN 13: 9781681775999
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Eternal City: A History of Rome Book Review:

The epic and magnificent story of the Eternal City told through dramatic key moments in its glorious history. Why does Rome continue to exert a hold on our imagination? How did the "Caput mundi" come to play such a critical role in the development of Western civilization? Ferdinand Addis addresses these questions by tracing the history of the "Eternal City" told through the dramatic key moments in its history: from the mythic founding of Rome in 753 BC, via such landmarks as the murder of Caesar in 44 BC, the coronation of Charlemagne in AD 800 and the reinvention of the imperial ideal, the painting of the Sistine chapel, the trial of Galileo, Mussolini's March on Rome of 1922, the release of Fellini's La Dolce Vita in 1960, and the Occupy riots of 2011. City of the Seven Hills, spiritual home of Catholic Christianity, city of the artistic imagination, enduring symbol of our common European heritage—Rome has inspired, charmed, and tempted empire-builders, dreamers, writers, and travelers across the twenty-seven centuries of its existence. Ferdinand Addis tells this rich story in a grand narrative style for a new generation of readers.

All in a Don's Day

All in a Don's Day
Author: Mary Beard
Publsiher: Profile Books
Total Pages: 311
Release: 2012-04-05
ISBN 10: 1847658636
ISBN 13: 9781847658630
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

All in a Don's Day Book Review:

Her central themes are the classics, universities and teaching - and much else besides. In this second collection following on from the success of It's a Don's Life, Beard ponders whether Gaddafi's home is Roman or not, we share her 'terror of humiliation' as she enters 'hairdresser country' and follow her dilemma as she wanders through the quandary of illegible handwriting on examination papers and 'longing for the next dyslexic' - on whose paper the answers are typed, not handwritten. Praise for It's a Don's Life 'Delightful... it has the virtues of brevity, eclecticism and learning worn lightly... if they'd had Mary Beard on their side back then, the Romans would still have their empire' Daily Mail

Religions of Rome: Volume 1, A History

Religions of Rome: Volume 1, A History
Author: Mary Beard,Reader in Classics Mary Beard,John North,Simon Price,Lecturer in Ancient History and Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall Simon Price
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 476
Release: 1998-06-28
ISBN 10: 9780521316828
ISBN 13: 0521316820
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Religions of Rome: Volume 1, A History Book Review:

A comprehensive and radical new survey of religious life in Rome over the course of a millennium.