In the lively and engaging style that he’s known for, Philip Matyszak traces the history of the Roman Empire from the fall of the Assyrians and the rise of the Roman Republic through to the ages of expansion, crisis and eventual split. Breathing new life into these extraordinary events, Matyszak explains how the empire operated, deploying its incredibly military machine to conquer vast territory then naturalizing its subject peoples as citizens of Rome. It was a method of rule so sophisticated that loyalty to Rome remained strong even afters its collapse creating an expansive legacy that continues to this day.
‘Remarkably wide-ranging, accessible and well-informed. A must for all students of the Roman world.’
‘A brilliant introduction to the Romans – informative and entertaining.’
‘Well-crafted. Scholarly while managing to retain easy accessibility to the general reader.’