eBook The Britannica Guide to Ancient Civilizations: Ancient Rome: From Romulus and Remus to the Visigoth Invasion, 1st Edition

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  • DDC: 937
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • 224 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2011 | Published/Released March 2012
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Echoes of ancient Roman concepts of governance, law, and society still ring throughout the world today. A stranger to neither war nor wealth, ancient Rome was shaped as much by strife as it was by prosperity. The expansion of the Roman Empire was buoyed by this culture's tendency to embrace traditions of its newly assimilated peoples, making Rome a cradle of endless and enduring possibilities. The history of an exceptional empire is recounted in this sweeping volume.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Rome from Its Origins to 264 BC.
2: Early Italy.
3: Historical Sources on Early Rome.
4: Rome's Foundation Myth.
5: The Regal Period, 753–509 BC.
6: The Foundation of the Republic.
7: The Struggle of the Orders.
8: The Consulship.
9: The Dictatorship.
10: The Senate.
11: The Popular Assemblies.
12: The Plebeian Tribunate.
13: The Twelve Tables.
14: Military Tribunes with Consular Power.
15: Social and Economic Changes.
16: The Latin League.
17: Roman Expansion in Italy.
18: The Samnite Wars.
19: The Pyrrhic War, 280–275 BC.
20: The Middle Republic (264–133 BC).
21: First Punic War (264–241 BC).
22: Between the First and Second Punic Wars (241–218 BC).
23: Second Punic War (218–201 BC).
24: Campaigns in Sicily and Spain.
25: The War in Africa.
26: The Establishment of Roman Hegemony in the Mediterranean World.
27: Roman Expansion in the Eastern Mediterranean.
28: Roman Expansion in the Western Mediterranean.
29: Explanations of Roman Expansion.
30: Beginnings of Provincial Administration.
31: Transformation During the Middle Republic.
32: Citizenship and Politics in the Middle Republic.
33: Culture and Religion.
34: Economy and Society.
35: Social Changes.
36: Rome and Italy.
37: The Late Republic (133–31 BC).
38: Aftermath of Victories.
39: Changes in Provincial Administration.
40: Social and Economic Ills.
41: The Reform Movement of the Gracchi (133–121 BC).
42: The Program and Career of Tiberius Sempronius Gracchus.
43: The Program and Career of Gaius Sempronius Gracchus.
44: War Against Jugurtha.
45: The Career of Gaius Marius.
46: Events in Asia.
47: Developments in Italy.
48: Civil War and the Rule of Lucius Sulla.
49: The Early Career of Pompey.
50: Pompey and Crassus.
51: Political Suspicion and Violence.
52: The Final Collapse of the Roman Republic (59–44 BC).
53: Political Maneuvers.
54: Civil War.
55: The Dictatorship and Assassination of Caesar.
56: The Triumvirate and Octavian's Achievement of Sole Power.
57: Intellectual Life of the Late Republic.
58: Grammar and Rhetoric.
59: Law and History.
60: Philosophy and Poetry.
61: The Early Roman Empire (31 BC–AD 193).
62: The Consolidation of the Empire under the Julio-Claudians.
63: The Establishment of the Principate under Augustus.
64: The Roman Senate and the Urban Magistracies.
65: The Equestrian Order.
66: Administration of Rome and Italy.
67: Administration of the Provinces.
68: Emperor Worship.
69: The Army.
70: Foreign Policy.
71: Economic Life.
72: Augustan Art and Literature.
73: Appraisal of Augustus.
74: The Succession.
75: Growth of the Empire under the Flavians and Antonines.
76: The Flavian Emperors.
77: The Early Antonine Emperors: Nerva and Trajan.
78: Hadrian and the Other Antonine Emperors.
79: The Empire in the Second Century.
80: Trend to Absolute Monarchy.
81: Political Life.
82: Rome and Italy.
83: Developments in the Provinces.
84: The Army.
85: Cultural Life.
86: The Later Roman Empire.
87: The Dynasty of the Severi (AD 193–235).
88: Septimius Severus.
89: Caracalla.
90: Macrinus.
91: Elagabalus and Severus Alexander.
92: Religious and Cultural Life in the Third Century.
93: The Rise of Christianity.
94: Cultural Life from the Antonines to Constantine.
95: Military Anarchy and the Disintegration of the Empire (235–270).
96: The Barbarian Invasions.
97: Difficulties in the East.
98: Economic and Social Crisis.
99: The Recovery of the Empire and the Establishment of the Dominate (270–337).
100: Diocletian.
101: Struggle for Power.
102: The Reign of Constantine.
103: The Roman Empire under the Fourth-Century Successors of Constantine.
104: The Reign of Julian.
105: The Reign of Valentinian and Valens.
106: The Reign of Gratian and Theodosius I.
107: Social and Economic Conditions.
108: The Remnants of Pagan Culture.
109: The Christian Church.
110: The Eclipse of the Roman Empire in the West (c. 395–500) and the German Migrations.
111: The Beginning of Germanic Hegemony in the West.
112: Barbarian Kingdoms.
113: Analysis of the Decline and Fall.
Table of Roman Emperors from 27 BC through AD 476.
Ancient Italic Peoples.