Ancient Rome: An Introductory History

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University of Oklahoma Press, Jul 1, 2000 - History - 320 pages

The events and personalities of ancient Rome spring to life in this history, from its founding in 753 B.C. to the death of the philosopher-emperor Marcus Aurelius in A.D. 180.

Paul A. Zoch presents, in contemporary language, the history of Rome and the stories of its protagonists?such as Romulus and Remus, Horatius, and Nero-which are so often omitted from more specialized studies.

With an eye detail, Zoch guides his readers through the military campaigns and political developments that shaped Rome’s rise from a small Italian city to the greatest imperial power the world had ever known. We witness the long struggle against the enemy city of Carthage. We follow Caesar as he campaigns in Britain, and we observe the ebb and flow of Rome’s fortunes in the Hellenistic East. Writing with the belief that such stories contain moral lessons that are relevant today, Zoch presents a narrative that is both entertaining and informative. An afterword takes the history to the fall of the Roman Empire in the West in A.D. 476.

 

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Contents

A Linguistic Introduction
3
Romulus and Remus Found Rome
9
Kings after Romulus
15
Tarquins Coup dÉtat and the End of the Monarchy
32
Traitors and Heroes of the Early Republic
40
Class Conflict in Rome
50
Coriolanus Cincinnatus and Camillus
58
The Gauls Sack Rome
67
The Rise of Pompey
165
The First Triumvirate
175
Civil War
191
Renewed Civil War and the Rise of Octavian
211
The Principate
227
27
228
The JulioClaudian Emperors
240
The Flavian Emperors
259

The Wars with the Samnites
76
King Pyrrhus Pyrrhic Victories
86
The First Punic
94
ix
117
The Beginning of the End of the Res Publica
141
The War against Jugurtha and the Rise of Marius
149
The Italian Wars and the Career of Sulla
155
The Culmination of the Pax Romana
265
The Disintegration of the Empire
281
Bibliography
285
Index
289
32
292
76
298
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Paul A. Zoch holds a master's degree in classical studies from Indiana University and a bachelor's degree in classics from the University of Texas at Austin. He teaches Latin and English in the Alief Independent school District in Texas. This book is a direct outgrowth of his presentation of ancient Roman history in the classroom.

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