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Ancient Rome: from the earliest times down to 476 A. D. is a comprehensive and well-researched account of one of the most influential civilizations in history. Pennell takes readers on an illuminating journey through the rise and fall of ancient Rome, offering a detailed examination of various aspects that shaped the empire.

One of the strengths of this book is its organization. Pennell breaks down Rome's history into digestible sections, making it easy for readers to follow the chronological flow of events. From the foundation of the city in 753 B.C. to the fall of the Western Roman Empire in 476 A.D., every significant period receives adequate attention.

Pennell's writing is engaging and accessible, ensuring that both academic and general readers can grasp the content without feeling overwhelmed. He strikes a fine balance between providing historical facts and incorporating anecdotal stories, which brings a human element to the narrative. These narratives, based on primary sources, breathe life into the characters and allow readers to immerse themselves in the world of ancient Rome.

Another noteworthy aspect is the author's attention to detail. Pennell's research is impeccable, evident in the extensive footnotes throughout the book. He pulls from a wide range of sources, including ancient texts, archaeological findings, and secondary literature, to present a well-rounded and factual account of Rome's history. This allows readers to feel confident in the information they are absorbing.

Furthermore, Pennell explores various aspects of Rome beyond the political and military spheres. The book delves into Roman society, culture, religion, and intellectual achievements. By doing so, Pennell successfully paints a holistic picture of ancient Rome, showcasing the complexities that made it such a significant force in history.

Despite its many strengths, there are a few minor drawbacks to note. At times, the book can feel overwhelming, especially for readers who are less familiar with ancient history. While Pennell's writing is accessible, the sheer scope of the subject matter can be daunting.

Additionally, some readers may find the lack of visuals, such as maps or illustrations, to be a limitation. While the writing sufficiently describes geographic locations and events, visual aids could have enhanced the overall reading experience and aided comprehension.

In conclusion, Ancient Rome: from the earliest times down to 476 A.D. is an exceptional book that offers an in-depth exploration of an era that continues to captivate us. Pennell's meticulous research, engaging writing, and comprehensive approach make this book a valuable resource for anyone interested in the ancient world.

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By Robert F. Pennell

Revised Edition


This compilation is designed to be a companion to the author's History of Greece. It is hoped that it may fill a want, now felt in many high schools and academies, of a short and clear statement of the rise and fall of Rome, with a biography of her chief men, and an outline of her institutions, manners, and religion.

For this new edition the book has been entirely rewritten, additional matter having been introduced whenever it has been found necessary to meet recent requirements.

The penults of proper names have been marked when long, both in the text and Index. The Examination Papers given are introduced to indicate the present range of requirement in leading colleges.

The maps and plans have been specially drawn and engraved for this book. The design has been to make them as clear and open as possible; consequently, names and places not mentioned in the text have, as a rule, been omitted.


(Illustration: GAIUS IULIUS CAESAR.)



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