Aspects of Roman History, AD 14-117

Aspects of Roman History, AD 14-117

Aspects of Roman History, AD 14-117

Aspects of Roman History, AD 14-117

Synopsis

Aspects of Roman History charts the history of the Roman Imperial period, from the establishment of the Augustan principate to the reign of Trajan, providing a basic chronological framework of the main events and introductory outlines of the major issues of the period. The first half of the book outlines the linear development of the Roman Empire, emperor by emperor, accenting the military and political events. The second half of the book concentrates on important themes which apply to the period as a whole, such as the religious, economic and social functioning of the Roman Empire.It includes:* a discussion of the primary sources of Roman Imperial history* clearly laid out chapters on different themes of the Roman Empire such as patronage, religion, the role of the senate, the army and the position of women and slaves* designed for easy cross-referencing with the chronological outline of events* maps and illustrations* a guide to further reading.Richard Alston's highly accessible book is designed specifically for students with little previous experience of studying ancient/Roman history Aspects of Roman History provides an invaluable introduction to Roman Imperial history, which will allow students to gain an overview of the period and will be an indispensable aid to note-taking, essay preparation and examination revision.

Excerpt

This book has been written very quickly and with very modest aims. It has been a task additional to other research work and has been very largely written in the evenings of the last year. I have accumulated various debts in the writing of this text. I give thanks to The Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies and to Dr John Patterson for permission to use his maps of Rome. I thank Kate Gilliver who has read a large proportion of this and commented constructively on it. Most of all, I thank Sara, my wife, whose support and understanding are essential to everything. Sara has also cast her ‘lay-person’s eye’ over this and I am very grateful for her comments. She has also put up with (or perhaps enjoyed) the many evenings I have spent with this text. Sam has suffered his father’s eccentricities and provided entertainment and commentary as only a three-year-old can, but I dedicate this book to his brother, Joshua, whose arrival in the middle of the reign of Nero has given immense pleasure, though it delayed the delivery of the manuscript. It almost goes without saying that all mistakes and errors of fact and judgement remain my own.

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