SPQR : A History of Ancient Rome
by Mary Beard
Editor: Profile Books Ltd
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Sunday Time Top 10 Best-selling Top 10 Best Seller Finalist for a British Book Industry Book of the Year 2016 Award Winner’s Newest Ultimate Rome Series: Empire Without Limit is on BBC2, now, the questions of ancient RomeHis history of empire, conquest, cruelty and excess is something against which we still judge ourselves.His myths and stories – of Romulus and Remus for the rape of Lucretia – always strike a chord with us.And his debates on citizenship, security and human rights still influence our own debates on civil liberty today.SPQR is a new look at Roman history among the world’s greatest classicsIt explores not only how Rome grew up in an unimportant village in central Italy to a power that controlled the territory from Spain to Syria, but also how the Romans thought about themselves and their achievements, and why they are still important to us.Covering 1,000 years of history and gently illuminating the rudiments of Roman culture from slavery to running water, as well as exploring democracy, migration, religious controversy, social mobility and exploitation in the context of the empire, this is a definitive history of ancient Rome.SPQR is the abbreviation for Romans proper of their state: Senatus Populusque Romanus,”to the Senate and the people of Rome”.
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