Complete idiot's guide to the roman empire


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Have you ever realized how much of your daily life is influenced by the contributions of the Romans? Satire, tax shelters, interstate highways, sports stadiums, health clubs and others are just a few of the influences we can recognize today. But how much do you really know about the origins and history of the Roman Empire? In The Complete Idiot's Guide® to the Roman Empire you'll learn how the Romans conquered the world, a description of every day life, an in-depth look at Roman society, politics and architecture and an inside look at the famous (and infamous) Roman emperors.


1.Dead Culture, Dead Language, Dead Emperors: Why Bother?

Some Surprising Facts About Rome and the Romans. So What Do You Mean by 'Rome'? Roman History in a Box. Roman Literature in a Box.

2.Rome FAQ: Hot Topics in Brief.

How Did They Do It? Conquering the World. Two Thumbs Up! Games and Gladiators. In Chains: Slaves and Slavery. Almost in Chains? Roman Women. Lives of the Rich and Famous: The Roman Emperors. Going Over Like a Lead Pipe: Why Did Rome Fall?

3.How Do We Know? Discovering the Romans.

Digging In: Ruins, Remains, and Archeological Sites. Words and Texts.

4.Club Mediterrania: Rome in the Context of Other Civilizations.

The Near East. Civilizations on the African Continent. The Greeks and Greece. Gauls and Other Barbarians. Rome Before the Romans: Ancient Italy. Location, Location, Location: The Site of the City of Rome.

5.Seven Hills and One Big Sewer: _Rome Becomes a Cit.

Virgin Bears Twins! Myths of Rome's Founding. Generals, Slaves, and Entrepreneurs: The Various Kings of Rome. Throw the Bums Out! The Roman Revolution and the Beginning of the Republic. The Aristocratic Republic. Trouble in River City: The Conflict of the Orders. So. Wait a Minute Here.


6.On Golden Pond: Rome Conquers Italy _and the Mediterranean.

You Will Be Assimilated: Rome Conquers Italy (500-270 b.c.e.). Never Out of Africa: Rome Conquers Carthage. Peacemaking and Peacekeeping: The First Punic War (264-241). Go East Young Man: Rome Conquers Greece and The East. The Wild West.

7.Let's Conquer Ourselves! The Roman Revolution and the End of the Republic. King of the Hill. He's So Popular: The Gracchae. Marius and Sulla. Kids These Days: Pompey and Caesar. Crossing the Rubicon: The Civil War. Snakes and Daggers: The Deaths of Anthony and Cleopatra.
8.Rome, Rome on the Range: Romans at Home.

How the Romans Saw Themselves. Public and Private Life. Religion. Slaves and Slavery.

9.The Romans Among Themselves.

Patricians and Plebs: Social Structure and Divisions. Politics and Political Structure. Law 'Roman' Religion. Collegia. The Army. Military Service.

10.The Romans at Large.

Some Citizens Are More Equal Than Others. Follow the Money: Administration and The Perks of Conquest. Work, Work, Work.

11.Literature and Culture of the Republic.

Importing Culture: Early 'Roman' Literature and History. Liberals at Large: The Scipionic Circle. Made in Rome: Cato and Catonism. Latin Comes into Its Own: The First Century b.c.e. Marcus Tullius Cicero (Cicero). Golden Oldies. The Augustan Period.

12.If They Build It: Roman Engineering.

The Empire Wore Cement Shoes. How All Roads Led to (and from) Rome. You Can't Lead a City to Water, But. I Like to Watch: Theaters and Amphitheaters. Urban Planning. Building for Victory.


13.Easing into Empire.

Okay, Now What? The Augustan Ages. Rome Under Augustus. Not Too Successful with Succession.

14.All in the Family: The Julio-Claudian Emperors.

Tiberius (c.e. 14-37). Gaius (Caligula) (c.e. 37-41). Claudius (c.e. 41-54). Nero (c.e. 54-68).

15.The (Mostly) Good Emperors: The Flavians to Marcus Aurelius.

The Year of Living Dangerously. Working Stiffs to Lord and God: The Flavian Dyna