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A History of Ancient Rome

by Professor Mary Beard

Hardcover in English, 606 pages — category ancient history

Published by Profile Books in 2015

First edition. Signed book.

This is one of the best books I have read about the history of Rome and I also own the audiobook, which has a great narration by Phyllida Nash.

Mary Beard is a professor of classics at Cambridge and is one of those academics that are able to speak in a clear language that people outside the field can understand. She has a fresh and modern approach and brings to life not only the aristocratic Rome but also the Rome of the common people.

Description from the publisher:

New York Times Bestseller • National Book Critics Circle Finalist • Wall Street Journal Best Books of 2015 • Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2015 • Economist Books of the Year 2015 • New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books of 2015

A sweeping, "magisterial" history of the Roman Empire from one of our foremost classicists shows why Rome remains "relevant to people many centuries later" (Atlantic). In SPQR, an instant classic, Mary Beard narrates the history of Rome "with passion and without technical jargon" and demonstrates how "a slightly shabby Iron Age village" rose to become the "undisputed hegemon of the Mediterranean" (Wall Street Journal). Hailed by critics as animating "the grand sweep and the intimate details that bring the distant past vividly to life" (Economist) in a way that makes "your hair stand on end" (Christian Science Monitor) and spanning nearly a thousand years of history, this "highly informative, highly readable" (Dallas Morning News) work examines not just how we think of ancient Rome but challenges the comfortable historical perspectives that have existed for centuries. With its nuanced attention to class, democratic struggles, and the lives of entire groups of people omitted from the historical narrative for centuries, SPQR will to shape our view of Roman history for decades to come.

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