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The Roman Empire : a concise history of the first two centuries
Schwartz, Robert N.
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Lanham [Md.] : University Press of America, [1998]

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157 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm

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DG276 .S34 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The Roman Empire provides a concise, readable history of the rise of Rome's imperial spirit after the collapse of the Republic. The author depicts the expansion of the early Roman Empire as it gained dominance over a massive area where armies and officials left the indelible imprint of law. He exposes the natures of a succession of emperors, revealing their actions in Rome and abroad. Included with the details of the military and political expansion are the tremendous accomplishments that brought about modern civilization: the creation of law, and the great advancements in artisanship and engineering as the first roads, bridges, and aqueducts were built, giving rise to the "Classical" era in architecture, literature, and the Romance languages.

Author Notes

Robert N. Schwartz is a Member of the American Classical League and is Chairman of the Foreign Languages Department at Middle College for Technology Careers, Houston.

Table of Contents

Part 1 The First Century: A Time of Youth
I Birth of the Roman Empirep. 3
Julius Caesarp. 3
Civil Warp. 4
The Age of Augustus (29 BC-AD 14)p. 8
II The Julio-Claudian Emperorsp. 15
Tiberius (AD 14-37)p. 15
Caligula (AD 37-41)p. 18
Claudius (AD 41-54)p. 21
Nero (AD 54-68)p. 27
III The Year of the Four Emperorsp. 39
The Power Vacuump. 39
Galba (68-69)p. 40
Otho (69)p. 42
Vitellius (69)p. 42
IV The Flavian Dynastyp. 49
The Rule of Vespasian (69-79)p. 50
Titus: The Alter Ego (79-81)p. 56
Domitian: Reflections of Augustus (81-96)p. 59
Part 2 The Second Century: A Time of Maturing The Five Good Emperors (AD 96-180)
V Nerva (96-98) and Trajan (98-117)p. 71
Trajanp. 73
His Administrative Changesp. 74
His Building Legacyp. 77
His Foreign Affairsp. 78
VI Hadrian (117-138)p. 85
Unityp. 87
Foreign Affairsp. 88
Administrative Reformsp. 89
Touring and Building the Provincesp. 92
Succession and Immortalityp. 101
VII Antoninus Pius (138-161)p. 105
Youth and the Cursus Honorump. 105
A Humane Administrationp. 106
Death and Deificationp. 108
VIII Marcus Aurelius (161-180)p. 111
Youth and Educationp. 111
Relationship with Hadrianp. 113
The Alter Ego of Antoninusp. 115
Higher Educationp. 116
The Stoic Warriorp. 117
The Barbarian Tribesp. 118
Stoic Virtuep. 122
Influence on Daily Lifep. 124
End of an Erap. 126
I. The Fall of Romep. 127
II. The Eastern Empirep. 131
III. Western Christianityp. 133
1. The Roman Empire under Hadrian
2. Central Europe
3. Roman Germany
4. The Danube Lands
5. Spain
6. North Africa
Taken from "A Walking Tour of Rome" by the author
The Emperorsp. 135
The Julio-Claudian Family
Glossary of Terms and Phrasesp. 137
Select Bibliographyp. 145
Indexp. 151