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By Rosalie F. Baker,Charles F. Baker III

"As for all times, it's a conflict and a trip in an odd land."--Emperor Marcus Aurelius

Seeking to manage an empire that unfold during the Mediterranean international and past, the traditional Romans built a particular tradition during which they tailored many Greek principles and types but additionally created a wealth of latest ones. The Roman history maintains to impact our structure, govt, army, language, legislation, and literature.
Ancient Romans chronicles the lives and accomplishments of Roman figures whose impact remains to be felt this present day. We examine Romans from all walks of existence, from the insurgent gladiator Spartacus to the poets, historians, and playwrights who documented Roman lifestyles, to the numerous emperors (and a few of their better halves) who ruled the empire. In forty six essays, Rosalie and Charles Baker discover the lives of those attention-grabbing personalities, from the main recognized Romans to those that tend to be neglected, including:
* Juvenal, a grasp satirist who ridiculed Rome as a haven for crime, unfastened spending, and different social evils
* Livia, spouse of Rome's first emperor (Augustus), mom of Rome's moment (Tiberius), and grandmother of Rome's fourth (Claudius)
* Mark Antony, the final and statesman whose existence and romance with the Egyptian queen Cleopatra were re-created all through historical past via writers and actors
* Virgil, the poet who composed the Aeneid, the nationwide epic of Rome
* Cicero, the statesman, attorney, and orator
* Nero, who turned emperor at age sixteen and went directly to rebuild Rome after a disastrous hearth and to foster peace all through his empire
The biographies span the years 396 B.C. to A.D. 410. every one incorporates a convenient truth field that lists delivery and dying dates and the main accomplishments of every individual profiled. furthermore, ample illustrations and especially commissioned maps, an appendix chronicling the lives of mythical heroes and heroines of early Rome, a desk of Roman emperors and their reigns, a genealogy that strains the Julian and Claudian households, a timeline, a thesaurus of Roman phrases, an index of Romans by means of career, and proposals for additional interpreting all upload to the usefulness of this unheard of reference. With figures from fields as varied as literature, politics, the army, and philosophy, Ancient Romans offers a accomplished exam of the origins of recent civilization.

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