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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. What's better than reading a book which is not only historically correct, but very well-written and informative, as well? Maybe a foot massage while reading said book! The initial paragraph pulled me so far into focus, there was no turning back; begin an historical book about world empires by drawing on the obvious parallel of the Biblical book of Daniel and his dream vision of the statue which depicted world powers Not only was this book informative and historically correct, I felt the author had a firm grip on his storytelling ability.

This will be a book which will remain in my Kindle for a long time and I plan to read it again. History of Empires is a short book written about the history of the Roman, American, and British Empires. It also covers Sparta and Babylon and their history. I liked how everything was nicely laid out and structurally designed. The seven chapters are not filled with fluffy content and do have a nice flow to them.

I was not a big fan of the long paragraphs and would have appreciated some breaks in between, to ease the eyes.

Besides that, the book is a good intro for people that want to at least have some idea about past Empires. One person found this helpful. This book is basically a high school term papers regarding. Most the information can be found on Wikipedia or other on line resources. The author does provide correct information and shows an ability to write, but the content lacks sophisticated, book level content or conclusions.

I can not recommend this book! Format: Paperback Verified Purchase. Each empire has about four pages to it. Like a 6th grader version for school. The whole book is like 58 pages in big letters. Mallory A. He compares and contrasts the rise and decline of each, noting the inherent nature of empire. Readers will be inspired to further research and consideration. Information is simply copied from the Internet. A very short and non informative description. There is no any picture. I don't suggest this book to anyone. It is better to read on the Internet. Format: Audible Audiobook Verified Purchase.

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See all 15 customer reviews. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Get fast, free delivery with Amazon Prime. A solid overview of Republican Rome. Everitt, especially in looking at the early years of the republic, and the ancient authorial sources, breaks their writing, like Caesar's Gaul, into three parts: 1. The largely to entirely mythical 2. The mythical by nature, but reflecting a historical core 3. The largely historical And, with that, tells how the city grew to become a city-state and more. A large part of this is discussing Roman politics: consuls, plebian tribunes, pleb, patricians and knights as A solid overview of Republican Rome.

A large part of this is discussing Roman politics: consuls, plebian tribunes, pleb, patricians and knights as social classes, and more. As part of this, he explains Roman politics in terms of checks and balances. He notes that the American Constitutional Founding Fathers looked to Rome, not just in a generic way, but in specific political guidance ways as much as they did Montesquieu.

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And, there is a good point there. Venice was the only place in the world after ancient Rome and before the US to have a Senate. And, in all three cases drop your myths, Americans that senatorial body was deliberately designed to be oligarchical.

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Don't forget that just about every US state in had property qualifications for state-level public office and many did for voting; it's a surprise, to me, that similar requirements for federal office weren't put into the Constitution. Anyway, back to the book itself. It's a solid overview of the development of Rome. It would probably be of more benefit to someone less familiar with the details of Roman history, yet interested in learning more. The Rise of Rome is a rather nice overview of a vast time period, starting with the mythological Romulus and Remus and culminating with the assassination of Julius Caesar.

I wanted to read something not overly dense, but still well-researched and reliable, and I got just that. My main complaint about this book is the lack of focus. I am not very knowledgeable in the history of the great empire just yet, so I found the endless names and dates, and battles a little overwhelming. I did appreciate t The Rise of Rome is a rather nice overview of a vast time period, starting with the mythological Romulus and Remus and culminating with the assassination of Julius Caesar.

I did appreciate the commentary on the social life and culture of early Romans though. Sep 16, Libby rated it really liked it Shelves: rome , ancient-world , cities. I'm reeeeely happy with this book! I had decided that I needed to spruce up my pathetically inadequate knowledge of Roman History and this book is just perfect for what I needed.


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It is written in a direct manner that doesn't put style ahead of substance, but keeps your attention on the subject at hand. It is divided into three simple sections. The first is labelled "legends" and is the Roman's own myth of the founding of the city. However, as he recounts the myth, the author also gives us archeo I'm reeeeely happy with this book! However, as he recounts the myth, the author also gives us archeological findings of the earliest remains scientists have found. It's pretty fascinating and I particularly liked the clear delineation of fact however cold and fiction however warm and fuzzy.

The second section is labelled "stories" and makes it apparent that although we are on firmer ground, these tales of the growth and increasing power of Rome are not always completely reliable. The author identifies his sources for his information and points out where his sources differ and why they might have wished to "pretty-up" the history.

The Romans liked to think of themselves as righteous guys and sometimes kinda sorta left out the little fiddly bits about naked territorial aggression and other embarrassing stuff. The third section is history and here, we have a more solid grasp of the events from narrators who had reason to know the truth. For example Cicero's letters tell us a lot about the frightening and unsettled years of Sulla's proscriptions.

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We actually have an amazing amount of first hand information about the last days of the Republic, despite the losses of many writings that have not survived into our times. Everitt displays an impressive ability to recount many years of events in a concise fashion. He is writings for an audience of intelligent amateurs and doesn't make the error of overloading his readers with technical terms.

He leaves the ponderous details and the delicate academic hair-splitting to others and just gets on with the basics, which is just what I wanted.