This compact book - which appeared earlier in the multivolume series A History of Private Life - is a history of the Roman Empire in pagan times. It is an interpretation setting forth in detail the universal civilization of the Romans - so much of it Hellenic - that later gave way to Christianity. The civilization, culture, literature, art, and even religion of Rome are discussed in this masterly work by a leading scholar.

The Roman Empire 1997, Belknap Press, Cambridge

ISBN-13: 9780674777712

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