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An illustrated military and political history of the world's mightiest power from the rise of the Republic and the growth of the Empire to the fall of the West. An illustrated military and political chronicle of the world's greatest empire: its leaders and generals, wars and campaigns; over 470 photographs, artworks, maps, battle plans and diagrams bring military campaigns, invasions, conquests, victories and defeats to life and a highly accessible popular history of government, warfare, military conquest, leadership and power in ancient Rome. The story of ancient Rome is one of the great tales of human history. This richly illustrated book offers a fascinating insight into the rise of Rome, which ruled almost the whole kwn world, from Britain in the west to North Africa and the Middle East. Over 1500 years after Rome's final decline and fall, this examination of the people, places and events of Rome's military and political empire will absorb any reader. Magnificent photographs, specially commissioned illustrations, family trees, maps, battle plans and timecharts build up a paramic picture of the political strength of the Roman Empire and its policy of ruthless conquest.
Nigel Rodgers, author, has written on history, philosophy and art, including Life in Ancient Rome: People and Places. Dr Hazel Dodge, consultant, is Louis Claude Purser Senior Lecturer in Classical Archaeology at Trinity, Dublin.