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      Roman Realities
      by Finley Hooper

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      • Publisher: Wayne State University Press
      • ISBN: 9780814315941 (0814315941)
      • Format: paperback, 592 pages
      • Release date: June 30, 1979
      • Language: english
      • Author: Finley Hooper
      • Genres: history, classics

      About The Book

      Recalls the experiences of the ancient Romans thru a 1000 years of their history, emphasizing the problems produced by their successes & the lessons to be learned from their failures. It’s based on the major primary sources of Roman history, with illuminating parallels between ancient & modern times. As Hooper says in his introduction, “Anyone concerned about present problems will profit from reading about how the Romans went about solving theirs.”

      Finley Hooper’s history of Rome covers the usual ground from Rome’s origins to the Western Empire’s end. But it sparkles with lucidity, grace, insight & confident learning. Not merely a scholarly narrative, Roman Realities plays off modern scholarship against what the Romans (eg, Livy, Polybius, Cicero, Plutarch) said of themselves & their past, thereby drawing readers directly into the historical issues & drama & into disparate Roman minds. With an awareness of what evidence is reliable, he interweaves Roman reportage & philosophy, anecdotes & analyses to provide a rich version of human character, social life, politics & culture in Rome thru periods of vitality & decay, renewal & ultimate decline. We see Hannibal, unsurpassed military tactician, defeated finally by Roman resilience; Julius Caesar, brilliant, charming, confident, strong & popular, undone by lack of tact & self-discipline; Cicero, orator of genius, moralist of traditional virtues, victimized by his vanity; Augustus, austere, decisive, capable of cruelty & good sense, who set a precedent impossible to follow. Hooper’s manner is well-suited to his interpretation of Rome’s fall. From the late years of the Republic onward, respect for constitutional political life lessened: some citizens took the law into their own hands & finally the power of the military & the emperor & the influence of the rich subverted the strong political spirit which had sustained Rome for centuries. At the same time, the Empire also lost the allegiance of the intellectuals, who’d nourished the Roman spirit through meditations on law, history & philosophy: thinkers now became theologians & turned toward the other world. Hooper’s survey (a successor to Greek Realities ’67) breathes life into a subject easily made dull & thus serves as a fine introduction & synthesis. — Kirkus (edited)

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