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The Rise of Rome

The Making of the World's Greatest Empire
The Rise of Rome: The Making of the World's Greatest Empire. Random. Aug. 2012. c.512p. illus. maps. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781400066636. $30. HIST
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Previously, UK author Everitt (Hadrian and the Triumph of Rome) has placed one historical figure at the center of his books. This work flips that approach and takes the legends, stories, and early history of the rise of Rome as its subject to show how the city on the Tiber became a great republic and empire. Everitt begins with a recounting of ancient myth and legend followed by what we know of the history of those times; as the availability of contemporary sources increases, the focus shifts to colorful and personalized versions of those sources. The time span runs from the traditional founding of Rome after the fall of Troy to the end of the republic. Consequently, the narrative devotes the most time to the biggest events in Roman history, told with a standard interpretation and with an eye to the story rather than the scholarly debate.
VERDICT This accessible book will be a good introduction for readers fairly new to Roman history, while those with more knowledge may enjoy the narrative version of familiar history.

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