This new edition of "Aspects of Roman History 31 BC- AD 117"
provides an easily accessible guide to the history of the early
Roman Empire. Taking the reader through the major political events
of the crucial first 150 years of Roman imperial history, from the
EmpireOCOs foundation under Augustus to the height of its power
under Trajan, the book examines the emperors and key events that
shaped RomeOCOs institutions and political form. Blending social
and economic history with political history, Richard AlstonOCOs
revised edition leads students throughaimportant issues,
introducing sources, exploring techniques by which those sources
might be read, and encouraging students to develop their historical
The book includes:
- chapters on each of the emperors in this period, exploring the
successes and failures of each reign, and how these shaped the
- sections on social and economic history, including the core
issues of slavery, social mobility, economic development and
change, gender relations, the rise of new religions, and cultural
change in the Empire,
- an expanded timeframe, providing more information on the
foundation of the imperial system under Augustus and the issues
relating to Augustan Rome,
- a glossary and further reading section, broken down by
This expanded and revised edition of "Aspects of Roman History,"
covering an additional 45 years of history from Actium to the death
of Augustus, provides an invaluable introduction to Roman Imperial
history, surveying the way in which the Roman Empire changed the
world and offering critical perspectives on how we might understand
that transformation. It is an important resource for any student of
this crucial and formative period in Roman history. "
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