SPQR A Record of Aged Rome - Mary Beard

  • 16.08.2016, 20:55,
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Olden Rome was an magnificent municipality even by up to the minute standards, a sprawling queenlike urban sprawl of more than a million inhabitants, a «mixture of voluptuousness and droppings, self-direction and exploitation, civic prize and brutal secular war» that served as the bench of power for an empire that spanned from Spain to Syria. Yet how did all this come up from what was once an non-essential village in median Italy? In S.P.Q.R., the world at large-illustrious classicist Mary Beard narrates the unprecedented swell of a polish that even two thousand years later still shapes many of our most basic assumptions about power, citizenship, reliability, civil brute, empire, voluptuousness, and loveliness. From the foundational tradition of Romulus and Remus to 212 ce―nearly a thousand years later―when the emperor Caracalla gave Roman citizenship to every unencumbered tenant of the empire, S.P.Q.R. (the acronym of «The Senate and People of Rome») examines not just how we think of olden Rome but challenges the easy documented perspectives that have existed for centuries by exploring how the Romans consideration of themselves: how they challenged the outlook of queenlike wield the sceptre, how they responded to terrorism and mutiny, and how they invented a new outlook of citizenship and land. Separation the rules in 63 bce with the venerable battle between the populist aristocrat Catiline and Cicero, the illustrious office-bearer and orator, Beard animates this “terrorist foul play,” which was aimed at the very fundamentals of the Republic, demonstrating how this odd incident would presage the work between democracy and autocracy that would come to delineate much of Rome’s ensuing story. Illustrating how a established democracy yielded to a self-dauntless and self-sensitive empire, S.P.Q.R. reintroduces us, though in a backwards different way, to venerable and close characters―Hannibal, Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, Augustus, and Nero, among others―while expanding the documented crack to cover those overlooked in household histories: the women, the slaves and ex-slaves, conspirators, and those on the losing side of Rome’s magnificent conquests. Like the best detectives, Beard sifts in truth from fiction, tradition and whoop-de-doo from documented report, refusing either easy delight or blanket condemnation. Far from being frozen in marble, Roman story, she shows, is constantly being revised and rewritten as our expertise expands. Indeed, our perceptions of olden Rome have changed dramatically over the last fifty years, and S.P.Q.R., with its nuanced regard to birth partiality, autonomous struggles, and the lives of whole groups of people omitted from the documented report for centuries, promises to come along our sight of Roman story for decades to come
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