Thursday, August 23, 2012

Book Review Time

Yes, kiddies, it's time for another book review by the gentleman punk. History has always been a passion of mine and so I recently grabbed Anthony Everitt's "The Rise of Rome". I'll admit it is a fairly dense tome, Everitt has written great scholarly books on Cicero and Hadrian and he takes the same approach here. He examines how Rome rose to power from being a small merchant village in the hills of the peninsula in the 7th and 8th century, the organization it brought first to the region and then to the European continent and beyond, and the policies that made Roman conquests Roman citizens. He explores the great Roman leaders like Scipio Africanus and Cincinnatus, how the men who built Rome in to an empire help shape our world today, and more. It is hard sometimes to make ancient history come to life, but in "The Rise of Rome" Everitt achieves that with style and skill to spare.

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