A magnificent panoramic account of the great Roman Empire - its rise and fall. This is an exciting, gripping history better than any TV program - though the BBC program was based on this book. I particularly like Simon Baker's account of the siege of Jerusalem in AD 70 (though Josephus' history cannot be bettered). and the reign of Constantine. This great drama is squeezed into 418 pages - a task well done!...Continua
This book is a product / companion to the BBC TV series Ancient Rome - The Rise and Fall of an Empire (http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/romans/). Although I didn't know this at the time of my purchase, the TV root became apparently in the first chapter.
Like a TV series, the book divided its coverage of the founding of Rome to the fall of the Roman empire neatly into episodes, each centered on a prominent and pivotal personality. Rather than focusing on the living condition of Romans in those ages, as suggested on the back cover, the book is an abridged chronicle of the politics and warfare at the top of the empire, jumping from one emperor or general to another. If you are looking for a handy summary of the politics in various periods of the Roman history, this is the book for you. It is not, however, a scholarly dissertation, so don't be disappointed when you find some of the chapters a bit too concise....Continua