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Ancient Rome : A Military and Political History - Christopher S. Mackay

Ancient Rome

A Military and Political History

Hardcover Published: 1st February 2005
ISBN: 9780521809184
Number Of Pages: 460

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This volume is 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 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.

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'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 '... the author has taken great pains to do a careful job ... a highly readable form.' Arctos 'The style is lively, and the intended readership will no doubt benefit from this book.' L'Antiquite Classique

Obscure Beginnings, to 264 B.C.
Foundations and kingdoms, to ca. 507 B.C.
Domestic history of the Early Republic, ca. 507 B.C. - ca. 287 B.C.
Conquest of Latium and Italy, ca. 507 B.C. - 264 B.C.
Conquest of the Mediterranean, 264 B.C. - 146 B.C.
Struggle with Carthage, 264 B.C. - 146 B.C.
Wars in the East, 215 B.C. - 146 B.C.
Conquest of Spain 218 B.C. - 134 B.C.
Effects of the conquests on Rome
Collapse of the Republic, 133 B.C. - 27 B.C.
Assault on the oligarchy, 133 B.C. - 81 B.C.
Restored oligarchy, 81 B.C. - 59 B.C.
Caeser and the end of republican government, 59 B.C. - 44 B.C.
Conflict of the warlords, 44 B.C. - 27 B.C.
Politics in the Late Republic;
The Principate, 27 B.C. - A.D.p. 235
Augustus and establishment of the Principate, 31 B.C. - A.D.p. 14
Julio-Claudian Dynasty, A.D. 14 - A.D.p. 68
Civil war and the Flavian Dynasty, A.D. 68 - A.D.p. 96
Pinnacle of the Principate, A.D. 96 - A.D.p. 192
Civil war and the Severan Dynasty, A.D. 193 - A.D.p. 235
Institutions of the Principate
The Late Empire, A.D. 235 - A.D.p. 476
Militatry and dynastic crisis, A.D. 235 - A.D.p. 284
Rise of Christianity
Diocletian and the restoration of imperial authority, A.D. 284 - A.D.p. 305
Civil war and the triumph of Constantine and Christianity, A.D. 305 - A.D.p. 337
Heyday of the Christian Empire, A.D. 337 - A.D.p. 395
Demise of the Empire in the West, A.D. 395 - A.D.p. 476
Epilogue: Survival and transformation of the Empire in the East after A.D.p. 476
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ISBN: 9780521809184
ISBN-10: 0521809185
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 460
Published: 1st February 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.9 x 16.5  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.79