SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard is such an immense read that I’m still reading it. I didn’t wanna wait to write about it though while experiencing just how important a read her words are given how germane history relates to our present and the total lack of historical awareness people have today.
I wonder if there’s a current correlation in world events? /sarcasm
What a shock. /sarcasm
To be completely and totally honest with you, I don’t know anything about Rome. The denseness of the information is overwhelming at times and her nonlinear-type writing style underscores my ignorance on the subject and makes me want to read and study more thoroughly—most especially anything Mary Beard writes on that discussion or any discussion in general.
I can only recommend this as a long-read over the course of several months, possibly a year; reading this as a daily devotion to knowledge, if you will, heightens the greatness and significance of it.
“Roman relations with neighbouring peoples are described on a similarly grand scale, complete with treaties, ambassadors and formal declarations of war. Their fighting too is presented as if it involved large-scale clashes between mighty Roman legions and equally mighty enemies: we read of the cavalry charging the opposing flanks, of the infantry being forced to yield, of the opposition driven to confusion … and various other clichés (or truths) of ancient battle. Indeed, this kind of language seeps into modern accounts of the period, many of which also confidently refer to such things as the ‘foreign policy’ of Rome in the seventh and sixth centuries BCE.”
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