The rise and fall of rome book
SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard, book review: An instant classic | The IndependentBeard informs and entertains without ever patronising her readers. Ancient Rome, an awesome civilisation, big power. Know all about it. Archaeological finds, exhibitions, movies, plays, books, TV programmes and enthusiasts such as Boris Johnson have kept the stories going for an awfully long time. Another long Rome tome in a crowded market seems unnecessary.
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Make Your Own List. How accurate is what we think we know about the Romans? Tom Holland , the author of Rubicon, tells us about the exercise of power, the staging of ceremony and the influence of religion in ancient Rome. The thing about adapting the texts is that the framework is there for you. Essentially, all that you are doing is a glorified cutting job. But you have to cut it in such a way that preserves both the structure of the narrative and those episodes within it that will give the listener, who may not be familiar with the text, some sense of the reason why it is so powerful and the reason why it has had the impact not just over the centuries but also over the millennia. Obviously it is harder to adapt a classical text than it is, say, a 19th century novel, simply because we are further removed from the Roman world.
As legend has it, Rome was founded by Romulus and Remus, twin sons of Mars, the god of war. After killing his brother, Romulus became the first king of Rome, which is named for him. The power of the monarch passed to two annually elected magistrates called consuls. Though elected by the people, the magistrates were drawn largely from the Senate, which was dominated by the descendants of the original senators from the time of Romulus. Politics in the early republic was marked by the long struggle between patricians and plebeians the common people. During the early republic, the Roman state grew exponentially in both size and power.