The story of ancient Rome contains all of the elements that make the study
of history so fascinating. Roman history is filled with stories of heroism,
greed, courage, the thirst for power, religious struggles, and personal
sacrifice. It is a critically important period in the development of civilization.
The Roman Republic and Empire still exert a powerful
influence on the lives of modern humans just as they influenced the whole
of Europe and the Middle East more than 1,500 years ago. Language, architecture,
foods, technologies, literature, religion, government, ideas, and values
are but a few of the contemporary fields with legacies from ancient Rome.
The story of ancient Rome involves a cast of memorable charactersgenerals
and soldiers, emperors and slaves, scholars and artists, geniuses and
fools. These people had the same needs and motivations that still drive
civilizations today. Their individual stories help us to understand the
in which they lived. The period is so filled with
the famous and infamous that Ancient Rome
can introduce readers to only a few.
Selections cover the period during which Rome moved from being a republic
to an empire. Lives
of memorable leaders such as Julius and Augustus Caesar, Pauls introduction
of Christianity, the tragedy at Pompeii, and the daily lives of the people
are just a few of the stories told. Roman history has been dramatized,
idealized, and often sensationalized. Romes grandeur and corruption
are both parts of what made Roman civilization live in history. Ancient
Rome presents a balanced, yet intriguing look at this important and influential
period of history.