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By Stephen Kershaw

During this full of life and extremely readable heritage of the Roman Empire from its institution in 27 BC to the barbarian incursions and the autumn of Rome in advert 476, Kershaw attracts on quite a number facts, from Juvenal's Satires to contemporary archaeological unearths. He examines striking personalities equivalent to Caligula and Nero and seismic occasions resembling the conquest of england and the institution of a 'New Rome' at Constantinople and the break up into japanese and western empires. alongside the way in which we come upon gladiators and charioteers, senators and slaves, attention-grabbing ladies, weird and wonderful sexual practices and gruesome acts of brutality, frequently obvious via eyes of a few of the world's maximum writers. He concludes with a quick examine how Rome lives on within the modern global, in politics, structure, artwork and literature.

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