In The Romans: From Village to Empire, Mary T. Boatwright, Daniel Gargola, and Richard J.A. Talbert explore this question as they guide readers through a. The Romans: from village to empire / Mary T. Boatwright, Daniel J. Gargola and Summary: “The Romans unfolds Rome’s remarkable evolution from village to. Mary T. Boatwright, Daniel J. Gargola, Richard J.A. Talbert, The Romans from Village to Empire. Oxford: Oxford University Press, Pp. xxvii.

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Bryn Mawr Classical Review

I took a class on Ancient Greece and Rome my freshman year of college it was a level; I don’t know what I was thinking and this book romahs one of the necessary books.

While RVE will be less suitable for those who wish to extend coverage of the Empire into Late Antiquity, it strikes a good balance between a basic introductory textbook and a more in-depth account of Roman history and should serve noatwright for most Roman history courses.

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Addressing issues that still confront modern states worldwide–including warfare, empire building, consensus forging, and political boatwtight authors also provide glimpses into everyday Roman life and perspective, demonstrating how Rome’s growth as a state is inseparable from its social and cultural development. These led me to look at the bibliography at the end of certain chapters I had an affinity towards, leading me to further reading that enriched the panorama of Roman history.

However, I would have preferred to read less about emperors’ careers and more about 1 the religious beliefs and philosophical currents that are frequently mentioned but left completely unexplained and 2 people’ I found this book a fairly engaging read.

They have a great bpatwright with free downloads of maps as well. The maps are excellent and the captions for the well-chosen illustrations are really helpful to the reader. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. The book was in immaculate condition, and Boatwright is the best and most entertaining writer about the Roman period.


Firmly grounded in ancient literary and material sources, the text describes and analyzes major political and military landmarks, from the Punic Wars, to Caesar’s conquest of Gaul and his crossing of the Rubicon, to the victory of Octavian over Mark Antony, and through Constantine’s adoption of Christianity. Showing of 41 reviews.

Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Despite being a multi-authored work, RVE maintains a consistent narrative voice throughout.

The Romans: From Village to Empire

Although the book is very well edited throughout, there is an unfortunate error in the name of the last king Tarquinius Priscus for Tarquinius Superbus on page Conversely, Hannibal’s epilogue after Zama is omitted. A table showing the successive Augusti and Caesares under the Tetrarchy would help to clarify the often confusing string of similar-sounding names in this period.

It provides a coherent narrative of Roman history with a strong emphasis on the development of the Roman state. The authors, as they transitioned into each chapter, discussed the primary sources and their accounts. Please try again later. Readers are cautioned to beware of anachronistic assumptions about Romano-Christian relations in this period and the continued connection between religion and politics is stressed.

Women, Local Languages, and Culture” and cultural activities e. Emma rated it really liked it Jul 15, It provides a coherent narrative of Roman history with a strong emphasis on the development of the Roman state.

Talbert explore this question as they guide readers through a comprehensive sweep of Roman history, ranging from the prehistoric settlements to the age of Constantine. The reason for this emphasis on the Republican period is that the authors of RVE have designed the book as a history of the development of the Roman state; since most of Rome’s institutions and customs were products of the Republic, it is sensible that this book should take the time to stress the foundations of these institutions.

The rambling style makes it very hard to follow the chain of events in important phases of Roman history, such as the conflict between Marius and Sulla, to name just one. Some that immediately come to mind are 1 Ward, Allen M. RVE proceeds chronologically, periodically inserting thematic sections either where our source material is weak in terms of historically verifiable details such as for the Early Republic, ch. RVE’s chronological arrangement makes it readily apparent how the book proceeds.


The Romans: From Village to Empire by Mary T. Boatwright

It is very well conceived, thorough, and well written. Paperbackpages. Delyth rated it liked it Nov 27, Well basically, this is a boatwrigt, so I am not sure quite how one reviews something like this. Alex Musicaendless rated it it was amazing Oct 04, Anthony DeRosa rated it liked it Nov 04, There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Nate rated it liked it Apr 24, Romxns History of Ancient Rome. Highly informative and well researched account, but written in a very rambling style with a lot of repetition.

It romwns the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. Open Preview See a Problem? They also integrate glimpses of many aspects of everyday Roman life and perspective–such as the role of women, literature, entertainment, town-planning, portraiture, and religion–demonstrating how Rome’s growth as a state is inseparable from its social and cultural development.

Books Available for Review. While the different voices and interests of the four contributors are indeed ‘detectible’ in the textbook’s different sections, it is obvious that boatwrighh great deal of effort has been expended to make the whole work cohere. Each chapter has a section for suggested readings, which is a useful place for boattwright to begin research in any particular area.

Talbert, The Romans from Village to Empire. The two topographical maps 8.