S.P.Q.R: A History of Ancient Rome


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Liveright Publishing Corporation
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6.5 X 1.9 X 9.4 inches | 2.2 pounds
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About the Author

Mary Beard is the author of the best-selling The Fires of Vesuvius and the National Book Critics Circle Award-nominated Confronting the Classics and SPQR. A popular blogger and television personality, Beard is a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books. She lives in England.


This book tracks the rise of Rome from backwater village to imperial city, spreading its power from Syria to Spain by 63 BCE, staring down resisters, and originating the idea of nation and citizenship. Included here are the stories not just of Julius Caesar but the butcher, the baker, and the candlestick maker--and certainly women and slaves.--Barbara Hoffert
A masterful new chronicle.... Beard is a sure-footed guide through arcane material that, in other hands, would grow tedious. Sifting myth from fact in dealing with the early history of the city, she enlivens--and deepens--scholarly debates by demonstrating how the Romans themselves shaped their legendary beginnings to short-term political ends.... Exemplary popular history, engaging but never dumbed down, providing both the grand sweep and the intimate details that bring the distant past vividly to life.
[Beard] is no myth builder; she is a scholar who reaches down-to-earth conclusions based on her years of dedication to her subject.... She is able to step back to see the entire Roman world.... She shows us how to engage with the history, culture, and controversies that made Rome--and why it still matters. Beard's enthusiasm for her subject is infectious.... Lovers of Roman history will revel in this work, and new students will quickly become devotees.
Monumental.... A triumphant Roman read that is sure to appear on school curricula and holiday wishlists alike.--Carly Silver