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Rome in the East: The Transformation of an Empire [Paperback]

By Warwick Ball (Author)
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This text provides an illustrated study of the influence of Near Eastern culture on the Roman world, which argues against received wisdom about Rome as the bastion of European culture. In this controversial and provocative study Warwick Ball presents the story of Rome in the light of Rome's fascination with the East. He explains Rome's obsession with the Eastern World as a fascination of the new world for the old, of the mundane for the exotic, a love affair with the East that even took literal form with the story of Anthony and Cleopatra. From Rome's legendary foundation as the New Troy by Aeneas and the Trojan heroes, through installing Arabs as Roman emperors, to the eventual foundation of the new Rome by a latter day Aeneas at Constantinople, the East took over Rome - and Rome ultimately ditched Europe to the Barbarians. Through this obsession, Near Eastern civilization - most of all, Christianity - went west to transform Europe. Warwick Ball argues that the story of Rome is the story of the East, more than the story of the West.

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Studio: Routledge
Pages   544
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.69" Width: 7.44" Height: 1.1"
Weight:   2.12 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 16, 2001
Publisher   Routledge
Edition  Revised  
ISBN  0415243572  
ISBN13  9780415243575  

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More About Warwick Ball

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Warwick Ball, F.S.A., M.I.F.A., is a distinguished writer and archaeologist who has conducted excavations in Afghanistan, Iran, Libya and Ethiopia. From 1972-1981 he worked in Afghanistan under successive regimes from kingdom to Soviet occupation. Between 1981-82 he was Acting Director of the British Institute of Afghan Studies. From 1983-85 he was Architectural Conservator in the Department of Antiquities in Jordan, and then between 1985-88 he served as Director of Excavations and Assistant Director of the British School of Archaeology in Iraq. He is now Director of Eastern Approaches, a company organizing tours to central Asia and beyond. He has published numerous books, which include" Syria: A Historical and Architectural Guide" (1994), "Rome in the East: The Transformation of an Empire "(2000) and (with Leonard Harrow) "Cairo to Kabul: Afghan and Islamic Studies Presented to Ralph Pinder-Wilson" (2002). Rome in the East won the James Henry Breasted Prize for History in 2000, and was Choice's Outstanding Academic Book in the same year.

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1Books > Subjects > History > Ancient > General
2Books > Subjects > History > Ancient > Rome
3Books > Subjects > History > Europe > General
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A Great Read  Sep 10, 2000
Rome In The East evaluates the reciprocal cultural exchange of the Western and Eastern ends in the Roman Empire. The book traces Roman history from the early empire and integrates Roman hegemony throughout the Near East, Arabia, and Palestine. The author raises the stimulating argument that the East influenced the Western Roman Empire more than vice versa. Each section separates into a topical format that includes towns, cities, countryside, and architecture. In fact, the author devotes much space to a pictorial layout of monuments, buildings, and artifacts. Importantly, the author recognizes the influence Christianity had on the Roman world.

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