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Topic: Wanted: An evenhanded history of Rome.

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Subject: Wanted: An evenhanded history of Rome.
Date Posted: 3/4/2016 8:04 PM ET
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Date Posted: 3/4/2016 8:08 PM ET
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I would like to read a good, thorough history of Rome. A total disqualifier is one that treats Rome as a major player in a morality play. Rome didn't falloreven become weak because of the Bacchanalian excesses of the wealthy. They declined because the Roman army declined. I have Gibbon's very long book. Is it reliable?

Date Posted: 5/29/2016 5:08 PM ET
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Have you read SPQR by Mary Beard?  It covers Rome from establishment as a village around 750 BCE (or so?) until about 300 CE in all it's facets good and bad.