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Roman Realities [Paperback]

By Finley P. Hooper (Author)
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Roman Realities recalls the experiences of the ancient Romans through a thousand years of their history, emphasizing the problems produced by their successes and the lessons to be learned from their failures. It is based on the major primary sources of Roman history, with illuminating paralells between ancient and modern times. As Finley

Hooper says in his introduction, "Anyone concerned about present problems will profit from reading about how the Romans went about solving theirs--with the added advantage of knowing how it all turned out."

Although scholars will find the events in this book familiar, they will not necessarily share its insights or agree with its interpretations. This is a book to read, enjoy--and argue about

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Studio: Wayne State University Press
Pages   584
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.34" Width: 5.78" Height: 1.36"
Weight:   1.77 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 12, 1978
Publisher   Wayne State University Press
ISBN  0814315941  
ISBN13  9780814315941  

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More About Finley P. Hooper

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Born in London, Ontario, Finley Hooper attended the University of Chicago, Purdue University, and the University of Michigan, where he received his Ph. D. degree in 1951 under the direction of the late Professor A. E. R. Boak. He has been professor of history at Wayne State University since 1966, where his courses in ancient history are enhanced by his wide-ranging knowledge of art and archaeology. His Greek Realities, published originally by Scribner's in 1967, has been reissued by the Wayne State University Press as a companion to this volume.

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Another positive review  Mar 12, 2007
Just adding my voice to all the positive reviews. I've tried reading other books on ancient Rome and found them to be dry and academic. Hooper presents the history as a history of people, as another reviewer has said, and that makes it much more readable. He gives personalities to the main characters and renders for us the atmosphere and class tensions that surround major events and clashes. He tells where he gets his information and even reviews his sources as strong on some points, weak on others. Finally, it is well-written. Hooper knows his material and knows how to make it interesting. Having said all that, this is not an encyclopedic source book. If you need to know specific facts about a certain period of ancient Rome, then the dry, academic works are where you should start. Roman Realities is a book for those who really want to get a sense of what Rome was like- its people, its politics and its social dynamics.
Roman Realities by Finley Hooper  May 30, 2005
Although I keep myself busy reading investment publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Barron's, Forbes and BusinessWeek (since I am a financial writer), I also spend my spare time reading about ancient history, particularly the Greeks and Romans. I've tried to get a handle on Egypt but without much success. Among the authors I have read are Michael Grant and Finley Hooper. For the most part, I have not found Michael Grant a very scintillating read-although he does have one fascinating book on Caesar that is read by Nelson Runger for Recorded Books. He knows the territory, but he is not much of a writer. By contrast, the late Finley Hooper has only two books that I am familiar with: Greek Realities and Roman Realities.

Roman Realities is a gem of a book. If I were cast ashore on a desert island, it is one of the 10 books I would hope got washed ashore with me. Dr. Hooper is a superb writer, whose style is crisp and eminently readable. In addition, he focuses on the people more than trends and how the people lived. For my money, people are the key to history. His chapter on Julius Caesar is one of the best summaries of this important figure in Roman history.

If you are intent on reading further about the Romans, Dr. Hooper provides an outstanding list of books to delve into. He also has a detailed index, which some books do not have. There are also plenty of illustrations and helpful maps.

I have read this book at least twice and intend to read it again. All told, I have about 75 books on ancient history, but this one stands out like a beacon. There is simply nothing of a negative nature that I could possible find.

John Slatter, CFA
A fine history of Rome  Apr 25, 2002
Dr Hooper does an excellent job on Roman Realities. He not only does a fine job in outlining the history of Rome's transition from Republic to Empire but he also highlights the price of that empire. The inability of the Romans to adjust to the changes that hegemony brought about contained the seeds of its own destruction.

Hoopers narrative is clear and concise and is easily understood by students or laymen. As is pointed out in an excellent review below it is a bit outdated in some areas but its analysis is so well done that few books published on the empire today can match this wonderful book. The reflection on the causes of the fall of Rome are worth the price of the book itself.

Reading Hooper brings to light that fact that much of Roman history is a foreshadowing of the realities empires in every era face.

Roman History Like It Was Meant To Be  May 19, 2000
The late Dr. Hooper's terse style is like the Romans he tells of: to the point, shorn of excess, straightforward. The tone of the book matches the expression of the bust of Caracalla that adorns the cover: gravitas personified. He spends more time on the Republic than on the Empire, and breaks off during the Civil Wars for a chapter on Latin letters and poetry (a subject taken again in his "Roman Letters"). Hooper covers all the highlights in highly readable fashion. A fine general/introductory book on the subject, written in magistral fashion. -Lloyd Conway
It's a good book...  Apr 7, 2000
I read Roman Realities for a class that I had to take for Roman History, although we only touched on a few of the earlier aspects of the book, it is still a great book just to read, even if it wasn't assigned for a class! If you have any intrest to learn about the Rome in any way, go ahead and get this book!

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