andrew asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 4 years ago

Are there any books on the rise of the Roman Empire of the same quality as Gibbon's "Decline and Fall"?

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  • 4 years ago
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    Yes, several. Gibbon relied on written texts. Much archaeological evidence has come to light since then. "Caesar" by Adrain Goldsworthy is very good.

    Historical fiction is very good for getting at the feel of a period. Robert Graves' novel "I, Claudius," is superb and gives an in depth look at the incredible ritualism of Roman life, something that is absent from history books

  • Edward
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    4 years ago

    You mean dust dry and soporific? No.

    But Suetonius 'The Twelve Caesars' is a definitive work and is a far better read.

    But it doesn't cover the fall of the empire.

  • Athena
    Lv 7
    4 years ago

    Two dozen I can think of right off hand.

    What aspect of the time are you interested in?

    Military, political, social, literary, or economic history?

    • andrew4 years agoReport

      All of them. I'd appreciate a suggestion for each category.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    The liberals and homosexuals have probably either doctored them up or made them disappear.

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