Ancient Rome: An Introductory History
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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A Linguistic Introduction
Romulus and Remus Found Rome
Kings after Romulus
Tarquins Coup dÉtat and the End of the Monarchy
Traitors and Heroes of the Early Republic
Class Conflict in Rome
Coriolanus Cincinnatus and Camillus
The Gauls Sack Rome
The Rise of Pompey
The First Triumvirate
Renewed Civil War and the Rise of Octavian
The JulioClaudian Emperors
The Flavian Emperors
The Wars with the Samnites
King Pyrrhus Pyrrhic Victories
The First Punic
The Beginning of the End of the Res Publica
The War against Jugurtha and the Rise of Marius
The Italian Wars and the Career of Sulla