It's easy to romanticize or demonize ancient cultures, but the more you know, the more complicated things become. While the Romans were insightful, ambitious, pragmatic, and influential people, they could also be cruel, rigid, bloodthirsty, stifling, overly garish and yet a bit drab. But no other civilization has left such an imprint on the laws, lives, borders, religion, literature, politics, art, architecture, and popular imagination of the West. "The Complete Idiot's Guide(r) to the Roman Empire" discusses the framework of ideals, infrastructure, politics, military tactics, economics, communications, and education that girded together the West.
I. ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME. 1. Dead Culture, Dead Language, Dead Emperors: Why Bother? Some Surprising Facts About Rome and the Romans. So What Do You Mean by "Rome"? Roman History in a Box. Roman Literature in a Box. 2. Rome FAQ: Hot Topics in Brief. How Did They Do It? Conquering the World. Two Thumbs Up! Games and Gladiators. In Chains: Slaves and Slavery. Almost in Chains? Roman Women. Lives of the Rich and Famous: The Roman Emperors. Going Over Like a Lead Pipe: Why Did Rome Fall? 3. How Do We Know? Discovering the Romans. Digging In: Ruins, Remains, and Archeological Sites. Words and Texts. 4. Club Mediterrania: Rome in the Context of Other Civilizations. The Near East. Civilizations on the African Continent. The Greeks and Greece. Gauls and Other Barbarians. Rome Before the Romans: Ancient Italy. Location, Location, Location: The Site of the City of Rome. 5. Seven Hills and One Big Sewer: _Rome Becomes a Cit. Virgin Bears Twins! Myths of Rome's Founding. Generals, Slaves, and Entrepreneurs: The Various Kings of Rome. Throw the Bums Out! The Roman Revolution and the Beginning of the Republic. The Aristocratic Republic. Trouble in River City: The Conflict of the Orders. So... Wait a Minute Here. II. ROME WASN'T BUILT IN A DAY: THE ROMAN REPUBLICblic (509-27 b.c.e.). 6. On Golden Pond: Rome Conquers Italy _and the Mediterranean. You Will Be Assimilated: Rome Conquers Italy (500-270 b.c.e.). Never Out of Africa: Rome Conquers Carthage. Peacemaking and Peacekeeping: The First Punic War (264-241). Go East Young Man: Rome Conquers Greece and The East. The Wild West. 7. Let's Conquer... Ourselves! The Roman Revolution and the End of the Republic. King of the Hill. He's So Popular: The Gracchae. Marius and Sulla. Kids These Days: Pompey and Caesar. Crossing the Rubicon: The Civil War. Snakes and Daggers: The Deaths of Anthony and Cleopatra. 8. Rome, Rome on the Range: Romans at Home. How the Romans Saw Themselves. Public and Private Life. Religion. Slaves and Slavery. 9. The Romans Among Themselves. Patricians and Plebs: Social Structure and Divisions. Politics and Political Structure. Law "Roman" Religion. Collegia. The Army. Military Service. 10. The Romans at Large. Some Citizens Are More Equal Than Others. Follow the Money: Administration and The Perks of Conquest. Work, Work, Work. 11. Literature and Culture of the Republic. Importing Culture: Early "Roman" Literature and History. Liberals at Large: The Scipionic Circle. Made in Rome: Cato and Catonism. Latin Comes into Its Own: The First Century b.c.e. Marcus Tullius Cicero (Cicero). Golden Oldies. The Augustan Period. 12. If They Build It: Roman Engineering. The Empire Wore Cement Shoes. How All Roads Led to (and from) Rome. You Can't Lead a City to Water, But... I Like to Watch: Theaters and Amphitheaters. Urban Planning. Building for Victory. III. EMPIRE WITHOUT END: ROMAN IMPERIAL HISTORY. 13. Easing into Empire. Okay, Now What? The Augustan Ages. Rome Under Augustus. Not Too Successful with Succession. 14. All in the Family: The Julio-Claudian Emperors. Tiberius (c.e. 14-37). Gaius (Caligula) (c.e. 37-41). Claudius (c.e. 41-54). Nero (c.e. 54-68). 15. The (Mostly) Good Emperors: The Flavians to Marcus Aurelius. The Year of Living Dangerously. Working Stiffs to Lord and God: The Flavian Dynasty. Adopting a Better Succession Policy: The Five Good Emperors. 16. The (Mostly) Not-So-Good Emperors: Commodus to Aurelian. A "Good" Hangover: Commodus to the Severi. The Severi. Another Day, Another Emperor (235-284). 17. Divide and (Re)Conquer: Diocletian to _Constantine. Diocletian (284-305). Maxentius and Constantine. Constantine the Great (324-337). 18. Barbarians at the Gates: The Fall of the Western Empire. "My Three Sons". Can't Rewind: Julian the Apostate (361-363). Roman Gothic: Theodosius to Alaric and The Sack of The End Is Near. The Western "Fall". IV. ROMAN IMPERIAL LIFE AND CULTURE. 19. Roman Mass Culture of the Imperial Period. The Fabric of Empire. Civis Romanus Sum: The Roman Citizen of the World. Ring Around the Latin Empire. 20. (Un)Protected Sects: Religions, Tolerance, and Persecutions. Family, Public, and Personal Religious Practice. Protected Sects: Religious Philosophy and Mystery Religions. Unprotected Sects: Druids, Jews, and Christians. 21. Cogito Ergo Sum: The Life of the Mind. The Silver Age of Latin Literature. How To, and Bet You Didn't Know. It's Greek to Everyone. Early Christian Writers. From Marcus Aurelius Until the Fall of Rome. 22. That's Entertainment! Public Spectacles. They Liked to Watch. History of the Games. The Circus. Gladiators. Why? V. WHERE DID THE ROMANS GO? 23. And the East Goes On. Nova Roma(Constantinople). Byzantine History: It's Called "Byzantine" for a Reason. 24. Nothing Quiet on the Western Front. Rome After the Fall. The Empire Strikes Back. The New Romans. Et Tu Brute: You're a Roman, Too. APPENDIXES. Appendix A. Timeline. Appendix B. Finding the Romans on Earth and in Cyberspace. Appendix C. Lights, Camera,Actio! A Short List of Rome and Romans in Film. Appendix D. Glossary. Index.
CIG to the Roman Empire 0028641515 It's easy to romanticize or demonize ancient cultures, but the more you know, the more complicated things become. While the Romans were insightful, ambitious, pragmatic, and influential people, they could also be cruel, rigid, bloodthirsty, stifling, overly garish and yet a bit drab. But no other civilization has left such an imprint on the laws, lives, borders, religion, literature, politics, art, architecture, and popular imagination of the West. The Complete Idiot's Guide(r) to the Roman Empire discusses the framework of ideals, infrastructure, politics, military tactics, economics, communications, and education that girded together the West.
Eric Nelson is an Assistant Professor of Classics at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington, where he has been writing, speaking, and teaching about the impact and relevance of the ancient world to a variety of audiences for the past 11 years.