I
THE WHOLE STORY

KEY DATES IN CHAPTER I
753 BCTraditional date of the foundation of Rome
509 BCTraditional date of the expulsion of the kings and the foundation of the RomanRepublic
264 BCPyrrhus invades Italy but fails to break Roman hegemony
216 BCBattle of Cannae. Rome’s worst defeat at the hands of Hannibal
146 BCCarthage and Corinth sacked by Roman armies
88 BCSulla marches on Rome and makes himself dictator
44 BCJulius Caesar assassinated on the Ides of March
31 BCBattle of Actium ends the civil wars of the late Republic. Conventional beginning of the early empire or Principate
AD 14Death of Augustus, and accession of Tiberius
AD 117Death of Trajan marks the greatest extent of the Roman Empire
AD 212Caracalla extends citizenship to most inhabitants of the empire
AD 235–84‘The Anarchy’, a prolonged period of military crisis
AD 284–305Reign of Diocletian. Conventional beginning of Later Roman Empire
AD 306–37Reign of Constantine
AD 313Constantine’s Edict of Toleration
AD 361–3Julian fails to restore the worship of the ancestral gods
AD 378Battle of Adrianople. Eastern empire’s army defeated by Goths
AD 476Last western emperor deposed by Ostrogoths
AD 527–65Justinian attempts to reconquer the west
AD 636Arab armies defeat Roman forces at Yarmuk
AD 711Arabs cross the Straits of Gibraltar, invading Visigothic Spain

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  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Contents xi
  • List of Illustrations xii
  • List of Maps xiv
  • Notes on Further Reading xv
  • I - The Whole Story xvi
  • II - Empires of the Mind 13
  • III - Rulers of Italy 30
  • IV - Imperial Ecology 48
  • V - Mediterranean Hegemony 62
  • VI - Slavery and Empire 82
  • VII - Crisis 96
  • VIII - At Heaven’s Command? 113
  • IX - The Generals 128
  • X - The Enjoyment of Empire 146
  • XI - Emperors 162
  • XII - Resourcing Empire 185
  • XIII - War 200
  • XIV - Imperial Identities 218
  • XV - Recovery and Collapse 232
  • XVI - A Christian Empire 254
  • XVII - Things Fall Apart 272
  • XVIII - The Roman Past and the Roman Future 288
  • Notes 301
  • Bibliography 327
  • Glossary of Technical Terms 357
  • Photographic Acknowledgements 361
  • Index 362
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