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By Thomas R. Martin

With commanding ability, Thomas R. Martin tells the awesome and dramatic tale of ways a tiny, terrible, and threatened payment turned, in the course of its top, the dominant energy within the Mediterranean international for 5 hundred years. Encompassing the interval from Rome's founding within the 8th century B.C. via Justinian's rule within the 6th century A.D., he bargains a particular viewpoint at the Romans and their civilization by way of making use of basic Roman values as a lens during which to view either their upward thrust and astonishing fall.

Interweaving social, political, spiritual, and cultural historical past, Martin translates the successes and screw ups of the Romans in conflict, political association, quest for private prestige, and within the integration of spiritual ideals and practices with govt. He makes a speciality of the important position of social and ethical values in deciding on person behavior in addition to judgements of nation, from monarchy to republic to empire. Striving to reconstruct old background from the floor up, he comprises common references to old texts and authors, encouraging readers to come back to the first resources. accomplished, concise, and available, this masterful account offers a distinct window into Rome and its altering fortune.

 

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