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reader ß Rome An Empire's Story ´ Greg Woolf Empire's most distinctive and enduring featuresAs Woolf demonstrates nobody ever planned to create a state that would last than a millennium and a half yet Rome was able in the end to survive barbarian migrations economic collapse and even the conflicts between a series of world religions that had grown up within its borders in the process generating an image and a myth of empire that is apparently indestructible Based on new research and compellingly told this sweeping account promises to eclipse all previously published histories of the empir 25 StarsWoolf sets himself a very ambitious goal He states please pardon the long uote but it is necessary My subject however is empire itself How did it grow? What enabled it to resist defeats and capitalize on victories? Why did Rome succeed when its rivals failed? How did empire survive crisis dig itself in and replace chaotic campaigns of conuest with stability? How did empire come to coordinate the great flows of wealth and populations on which it depended? How did it evolve to face new needs and new threats? Why did it falter regain its balance and then shrink under a series of military blows until it was once again a city state? What circumstances and technologies made the creation and maintenance of an empire possible in just this place and just at that time? What institutions habits and beliefs suited Rome for the role? And what did the fact of empire do to all the beliefs habits and institutions with which the world had been conuered? What part did chance play in its successes and its failures?Very ambitious indeed and unfortunately not accomplished Woolf wanders from his thesis and loses focus throughout the book He does not investigate any of the uestions above in depth and fails to develop insightful answers The book is an introduction to ancient Roman history rather than an analysis of the concept of empire as a sociological and geopolitical entity or of how Rome does or does not meet that conceptIn addition there are errors omissions scattered throughout A few examplesPage 88 At all stages of this economic growth the propertied classes led the way No new commercial classes emerged as the capital came from the social elites and they entrusted the management of these enterprises to their clients freedmen and slaves Without doubt wealthy landowners were the elites in Roman society; however as Rome grew the Euestrian Order Knights grew in wealth and influence and were found at the highest levels of government True they were not a new commercial class per se but as Rome grew the Knights grew from a group with limited power to one with wealth and power to eual the landowning elite Of course with this newfound wealth they often became landowners themselves I feel Woolf's failure to recognize this group's development and contributions misleads the readerPage 105 There were no easy frontiers before the Atlantic and it took until the reign of Augustus to reach it Julius Caesar conuered Gaul in the 50s BCE and not only reached the Atlantic but crossed it to Britain The major tribal confederacies of temperate Europe could marshal armies numbered in the hundreds of thousands were technologically on a par with Roman troops and had impressive fortified sites even if they did not possess an infrastructure of cities and roads The tribes of temperate Europe were not as technologically advanced as Roman troops They were amazed at the siege engines fortifications including nightly marching camps etc that Caesar's legionaries built uickly and almost effortlesslyPage 141 Despite granting amnesties to most of his Caesar's former enemies and lavishing games and monumental building on the city of Rome he failed to rally Rome around him On the contrary Caesar never lost the love of the great majority of the people as evidenced by their horror at his murder and their overwhelming anger at the assassins There was only one group who never rallied to Caesar his enemies in the Civil War who he had pardoned and in many cases awarded titles and recognitionOne final word the editing is atrocious On just about any given page the reader can find noun verb disagreement incorrect verb tense run on sentences sentence fragments and I felt as though I was reading a freshman paper wherein the freshman did not even run a spelling grammar check This seriously detracts from the bookFor those readers who may wonder my credentials are a Master's Degree in history decades of research into ancient Rome and almost as many years as an editor

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Download Rome An Empire's Story mobi Ë 384 pages ↠ reflectionslisburnltd ↠ The very idea of empire was created in ancient Rome and even today traces of its monuments literature and institutions can be found across Europe the Near East and North Africa and sometimes even further afieldIn Rome hi The very idea of empire was created in ancient Rome and even today traces of its monuments literature and institutions can be found across Europe the Near East and North Africa and sometimes even further afieldIn Rome historian Greg Woolf expertly recounts how this mammoth empire was created how it was sustained in crisis and how it shaped the world of its rulers and subjects a story spanning a millennium and a half of history The personalities and events of Roman history have become part of the West's cultural lexicon and Woolf provides brillia This was one of the books assigned for my current Open University module on the Roman Empire although we are only reuired to read parts of it not the whole text I decided to read it from cover to cover as it explores the whole history of the empire from it's much mythologised beginnings to the gradual end an end so gradual that it's difficult to define exactly when the Roman Empire can be said to have ceased to exist I liked the fact that Woolf keeps things as chronological as possible and in some cases also illustrates points by looking at other similar empires demonstrating in the process that no two empires can ever really be exactly the same The timelines at the start of each chapter are also helpful in terms of giving the key events of an era and there are maps which show the extent of Roman territory at various points in it's growth and decline It's a relatively short book so there's no time to go into huge amounts of depth but it does give a good general outline and there are suggestions for Further Reading at the end of each chapter if you do want to delve into a particular topic in detail This makes it a good starting point for anyone wanting to learn about Roman history

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Rome An Empire's StoryNt retellings of each of these from the war with Carthage to Octavian's victory over Cleopatra from the height of territorial expansion under the emperors Trajan and Hadrian to the founding of Constantinople and the barbarian invasions which resulted in Rome's ultimate collapse Throughout Woolf carefully considers the conditions that made Rome's success possible and so durable covering topics as diverse as ecology slavery and religion Woolf also compares Rome to other ancient empires and to its many later imitators bringing into vivid relief the Accessible and pleasantly written general history of the Roman Empire Chapters dealing with chronological political history and thematic chapters alternate The former present a good overview especially for readers with limited previous knowledge of the period discussed but it is the latter in which the book really shines due to the author's wide and deep scholarship Both primary sources and scholarly treatments of antiuity are discussed with intimate understanding