Mary Beard [7 years ago]
Download or Read Online SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome Free eBook PDF/ePub Mary Beard , New York Times Bestseller
A New York Times Notable Book
Named one of the Best Books of the Year by the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, Foreign Affairs, and Kirkus Reviews
Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award (Nonfiction)
Shortlisted for the Cundill Prize in Historical Literature
Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize (History)
A San Francisco Chronicle Holiday Gift Guide Selection
A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice Selection
A sweeping, "magisterial" history of the Roman Empire from one of our foremost classicists shows why Rome remains "relevant to people many centuries later" (Atlantic).
In SPQR, an instant classic, Mary Beard narrates the history of Rome "with passion and without technical jargon" and demonstrates how "a slightly shabby Iron Age village" rose to become the "undisputed hegemon of the Mediterranean" (Wall Street Journal). Hailed by critics as animating "the grand sweep and the intimate details that bring the distant past vividly to life" (Economist) in a way that makes "your hair stand on end" (Christian Science Monitor) and spanning nearly a thousand years of history, this "highly informative, highly readable" (Dallas Morning News) work examines not just how we think of ancient Rome but challenges the comfortable historical perspectives that have existed for centuries. With its nuanced attention to class, democratic struggles, and the lives of entire groups of people omitted from the historical narrative for centuries, SPQR will to shape our view of Roman history for decades to come.
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Et Immortales Populus
Mary Beard blows up the idea of the Rome you thought you knew versus what a detailed accounting tells us. The drama of Rome is an unending list of tabloid worthy scandals. As Mary Beard points out, the turmoil that plagued Rome to its end may lie in the roots of its fratricidal founding. And now the themes from our daily headlines are just repeated stories from ages ago. Indeed, when contrasted against the current state of affairs we are reminded how history echoes itself if not wholesale repeats. As always, what we learn from history could save us today. In one example, the way in which Rome had a more inclusive citizenry that pulled from its collective territories could be held up against the machinations of the far right today. At every turn Mary Beard reminds us that history is written by the victor and therefore we must examine Rome’s story with some incredulity and a healthy level of curiosity to seek out supporting or competing narratives. It’s in the gaps of the known stories that Mary Beard’s work shines. The experiences of the Everyman of Rome matters as much as those of the Emperor for her. Even if we don’t have a lot of written down.
Very negative tone
I wanted to read a book to learn more about Rome and appreciate its empire, but Beard has a negative tone constantly jabbing the Roman leaders and historians. She has so many negative qualifiers I couldn’t figure out if she even likes Rome. Couldn’t finish it.
All talk, little facts
The only good thing about this book is the pictures, the rest is Mary’s opinions.
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Amazing Historical Novel
Count put this book down. It wasn’t just a history of Rome but of World History. The author helps us realize how much of an impact Rome has on how we live today!