Pocket Explorer: The Roman Empire
published 2011 • 6 1/4" x 7 1/2" • 32 pages • full-color throughout • foldout poster map
ISBN 9781566568289 • hardback • $13.95 •
Discover the peoples and places of the mighty Roman Empire
At its height the Roman Empire enriched the Mediterranean Sea and stretched from Britain to Egypt and from Spain to Iraq. This vast area included many different peoples and places, held together by Roman customs, Roman law, and the Roman army. Travel from frontier to frontier as you explore the provinces of the empire in this handy book.
Travel the Roman Empire and discover the great diversity of its peoples and cultures. The book shows the importance of the Roman army in conquering and controlling the empire, and how the empire was held together by the Emperor and by his officials and laws. The economic power of Rome depended on raw materials from all over the empire: metals, stone and food. Rome's success lay in its inclusiveness, with many distinct cultures flourishing within its boundaries. People practiced many different religions and spoke many different languages, but they were unified by Roman civilization.
Sam Moorhead shows how the most successful empire in human history was organized, and why understanding the Roman Empire helps us to better understand our world today.
Sam Moorhead is an archaeologist who works as Finds Adviser for Iron Age and Roman Coins in the Department of Portable Antiquities and Treasures at the British Museum.
Birth and running of empire
Italia and Sicilia: heart of empire
Greece: culture for empire
North Africa: corn and animals for empire
Hispania: metals for empire
Gaul: wine and pottery for empire
The River Rhine: Rome's German frontier
The River Danube: Rome's Balkan frontier
Turkey: mother of cities and religions
Syria and Arabia: luxuries for Rome
Judaea: revolts against empire
Egypt: the emperor's province
Britain: outpost of empire
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