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The Story of Rome from the Earliest Times to the End of the Republic by Arthur Gilman is a comprehensive account of one of history's most fascinating civilizations. Gilman delves into the origins of Rome, starting with its mythological foundation, and traces its evolution over centuries, right up until the fall of the Roman Republic.

What sets this book apart is Gilman's ability to bring ancient Rome to life on the pages. His vivid descriptions and meticulous research transport readers into the heart of this magnificent city. Whether it's capturing the grandeur of the Colosseum or delving into the intrigue of political power struggles, Gilman effortlessly captures the essence of the Roman world.

One of the strengths of this book is its readability. Despite being a scholarly work, Gilman's writing style is accessible and engaging. He breaks down complex political and social dynamics into easily understandable concepts, making it suitable for both history enthusiasts and beginners alike.

The in-depth exploration of Roman society is another highlight. Gilman takes readers beyond the well-known tales of emperors and conquests and delves into the daily lives of ordinary Romans. From the struggles of the plebeians to the values and ideals of the patrician class, Gilman emphasizes the diversity and complexity of Roman society.

Moreover, Gilman's analysis of the key historical events and figures of Rome is both balanced and insightful. He presents multiple perspectives and sources, allowing readers to form their own opinions. Whether discussing the rise of Roman imperialism or the pivotal role of Julius Caesar, Gilman provides a comprehensive examination of Rome's historical narrative.

However, it is worth noting that the book primarily focuses on the Republican period of Rome, briefly touching on the subsequent Imperial period. While this is intentional and doesn't detract from the overall quality of the book, readers hoping for a more extensive exploration of Imperial Rome may find themselves wanting more.

In conclusion, The Story of Rome from the Earliest Times to the End of the Republic is a captivating narrative that offers a deep understanding of ancient Rome. Arthur Gilman's meticulous research, engaging writing style, and comprehensive analysis make this book a valuable resource for anyone interested in the history of Rome.

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It is proposed to rehearse the lustrous story of Rome, from its beginning in the mists of myth and fable down to the mischievous times when the republic came to its end, just before the brilliant period of the empire opened.

As one surveys this marvellous vista from the vantage ground of the present, attention is fixed first upon a long succession of well authenticated facts which are shaded off in the dim distance, and finally lost in the obscurity of unlettered antiquity. The flesh and blood heroes of the more modern times regularly and slowly pass from view, and in their places the unsubstantial worthies of dreamy tradition start up. The transition is so gradual, however, that it is at times impossible to draw the line between history and legend. Fortunately for the purposes of this volume it is not always necessary to make the effort. The early traditions of the Eternal City have so long been recounted as truth that the world is slow to give up even the least jot or tittle of them, and when they are disproved as fact, they must be told over and over again as story.

Roman history involves a narrative of social and political struggles, the importance of which is as wide as modern civilization, and they must not be passed over without some attention, though in the present volume they cannot be treated with the thoroughness they deserve... Continue reading book >>

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