SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome (Paperback)
Mary Beard writes conscious, entertaining history by keeping in all the gritty bits that make the job of a historian so fun—and so frustrating. Whether or not you are familiar with Rome’s political intrigues, this is a book that breaks down the details of Ancient Roman life for a modern audience: what movies gloss over or misrepresent, what myths are overzealously categorized as fact, what exciting, tangled connections rest in the earth of the Mediterranean. Ancient Roman voices and thoughts were varied, cynical and idealistic by turns, stretching over millennia and confronting their own history—from what Rome has left us, we have much to sift through, and much to recognize.— Ruby
New York Times Bestseller - National Book Critics Circle Finalist - Wall Street Journal Best Books of 2015 - Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2015 - Economist Books of the Year 2015 - New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books of 2015
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).