Mary Beard on Ancient Rome: Britain's favourite classicist lifts the lid on the Roman Empire.
Ancient Rome matters. Its history of empire, conquest, cruelty and
excess is something against which we still judge ourselves. Its myths
and stories - from Romulus and Remus to the Rape of Lucretia - still
strike a chord with us. And its debates about citizenship, security and
the rights of the individual still influence our own debates on civil
SPQR is a new look at Roman history from
one of the world's foremost classicists. It explores not only how Rome
grew from an insignificant village in central Italy to a power that
controlled territory from Spain to Syria, but also how the Romans
thought about themselves and their achievements, and why they are still
important to us.
Covering 1,000 years of history, and casting
fresh light on the basics of Roman culture from slavery to running
water, as well as exploring democracy, migration, religious controversy,
social mobility and exploitation in the larger context of the empire,
this is a definitive history of ancient Rome.
SPQR is the Romans' own abbreviation for their state: Senatus PopulusQue Romanus, 'The Senate and People of Rome'.
Boktitel: SPQR. A History of Ancient Rome
Författare: Mary Beard
Foto: Caterina Turroni/Lion TV/BBC
Mary Beard is a professor of classics at Newnham College, Cambridge, and
the classics editor of the TLS. She has world-wide academic acclaim.
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