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The events and personalities of ancient Rome spring to life in this history, from its founding in 753 B.C. to the death of the philosopher-emperor Marcus Aurelius in A.D. 180.
Paul A. Zoch presents, in contemporary language, the history of Rome and the stories of its protagonists?such as Romulus and Remus, Horatius, and Nero-which are so often omitted from more specialized studies.
With an eye detail, Zoch guides his readers through the military campaigns and political developments that shaped Rome's rise from a small Italian city to the greatest imperial power the world had ever known. We witness the long struggle against the enemy city of Carthage. We follow Caesar as he campaigns in Britain, and we observe the ebb and flow of Rome's fortunes in the Hellenistic East. Writing with the belief that such stories contain moral lessons that are relevant today, Zoch presents a narrative that is both entertaining and informative. An afterword takes the history to the fall of the Roman Empire in the West in A.D. 476.
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Studio: University of Oklahoma Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.06" Width: 5.84" Height: 0.83" Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Release Date Aug 15, 2000
Publisher University of Oklahoma Press
ISBN 0806132876 ISBN13 9780806132877
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More About Paul A. Zoch
Paul A. Zoch holds a master's degree in classical studies from Indiana University and a bachelor's degree in classics from the University of Texas at Austin. He teaches Latin and English in the Alief Independent school District in Texas. This book is a direct outgrowth of his presentation of ancient Roman history in the classroom.
Reviews - What do customers think about Ancient Rome: An Introductory History?
The Defects in Latin Education Jan 8, 2004
As I pondered what to write in this lonely page of the internet, i found that no words came to my mind. This is because this book did not arouse my senses or captivate me.I decided that my own personal opinion mattered not to the future readers so i researched by testing this book in many different street corners. I found a young clean cut mexican gentleman who stood on my street corner meeting up with large darken windowed vans exchanging small ziplock bags. (Most probably bologna sandwiches) I asked this young man, Brutus Hidalgo Tetanya, to read this book written by (in my opinion from the picture on the back of the book) a very good looking man. He took the book. Read it. Got up from his ripped up lawn chair. I never saw him again.
Mr.Zoch is my Latin Teacher Oct 2, 2003
I have not read the book first of all, but i would like to say that i know Mr. Zoch, he is my Latin teacher at my high school. I would like to read this book, because he uses it in class. He has fun in the class, and adds humor to the class while getting a serious point across.
Reveals Roman history, culture, and society Feb 14, 2001
Zoch taught high school Latin to an audience which knew relatively little about the ancient Romans: his contribution is this title, which reveals Roman history, culture, and society. The introductory format makes it easy for students to quickly learn about Roman history and culture and Ancient Rome is recommended for any high school student of Latin or Roman history.
Excellent introduction Nov 12, 2000
This is an excellent introduction to the history of ancient Rome. It seems to be aimed at high school students, as an adjunct to their study of Latin. Older readers will enjoy it as well. Before digging into something heavier, like Grant's history, or Dudley, or a college-level text such as Sinnigen & Boak, it's good to get an overview and a idea of the main themes; if you start out with those heavier volumes, it's easy to lose sight of the main currents, and get caught up in the details and minutiae.
It follows a fairly traditional path, and concentrates on political and military history. In style, this book reminded me of the two histories of Rome that Isaac Asimov wrote. It does not assume any previous knowledge of Rome, and the author includes many edifying and entertaining episodes from Livy, stories that are part and parcel of our Western heritage.
Note: this work is heavily weighted toward early Rome and the Republic. The author doesn't get to the Principate until page 227 out of 284. (An aside: the book has a total of 300 pages, not the 320 mentioned above.) For full information about the Empire, you'll want to supplement this book with something else.
The book could have done with some more pictures and maps, but all in all, a good value for the price, and a wonderful way to start learning about our Latin heritage.
An excellent but basic resource for Roman history Mar 17, 2000
Zoch has done an excellent job in bringing about an easy reading yet very informative book on the history of Rome. The author has treated the myths Rome held important to their founding and throughout their culture as key to understanding Rome and her culture, so one will get an excellent glimpse of Rome and her legendary figures. The book goes up until the time of Augustus then it slows down. He gives basically an epitome of Rome's Imperial period. It is intended for a general study and intoduction to Roman history and is written more for the high school level than anything. I will say that this is not a bad thing as it provides a good study and is very simple to read. One area that I found frustrating was, was his lack of dates. But overall the book is a good resource to have, especially if one is just starting a study of Rome, and although is written rather simple and straightfoward, is written in such a way to convey the information to an audience that ranges from jr. high on up. I recommend this book to anyone who wants a good introductory history to Rome, especially her myths.