Beginning with the founding myths of Romulus and Remus and a succession of probably fictitious kings, Anthony Everitt charts the development of Rome from its origins as a small market town in the eighth century BC, through various forms of patrician government, up to Caesar's victory in the Civil War that defeated the Roman Republic and paved the way for Augustus to transform republican oligarchy into imperial autocracy.
Using recent archaeological evidence and historical facts, and a wealth of legend and anecdote, Everitt shows how Rome grew - both internally, via ever more ambitious construction projects, and externally, through successful military campaigns. In doing so, he highlights some fascinating parallels between ancient Roman society and the modern world.
As accessible as it is authoritative and scholarly, The Rise of Rome is the perfect introduction to Roman history and civilization.
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When I drive, I read... uhm listen. I like SciFi, Fantasy, some Detective and Espionage novels and Religion. Now and then I will also listen to something else.
Shall I start with the narrator? For a book that is sometimes difficult to follow and very technical, I must commend Stephen Thorne for being able to keep my interest alive to the end. That said, I must admit that I sometimes opted out.
This book demands a lot of concentration to follow. It is thorough and many a times interesting, but not the sort of book that would keep everybody's attention. I found Anthony Everitt's treatment of the subject matter (the Roman Republic from its beginnings until its transition into an Empire) quite impeccable. He does more than justice to Roman History.
One of the things that stood out for me, was how Everitt used the ancient literary sources and archaeological findings to give an overview of Rome's beginning. He starts of with legend, sifts a lot of the dead wood and ends up with a believable account of how Rome and its citizens rose to power.
Personally, I think that a book like this should be whisper-sinced as there are parts of this book that must be read to take in completely. Parts of this book comes home more in writing than in any other medium.
That said, I heartily recommend this book for anyone who has an interest in how Rome rose to power. Don't expect much about the Roman Empire (from Julius Caesar onwards), as this is not really the period the book deals with.
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