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By Paul A. Zoch

The occasions and personalities of old Rome spring to lifestyles during this heritage, from its founding in 753 B.C. to the loss of life of the philosopher-emperor Marcus Aurelius in A.D. 180.Paul A. Zoch offers, in modern language, the background of Rome and the tales of its protagonists?such as Romulus and Remus, Horatius, and Nero-which are so frequently passed over from extra really good studies.With a watch aspect, Zoch publications his readers during the army campaigns and political advancements that formed Rome’s upward thrust from a small Italian urban to the best imperial energy the area had ever identified. We witness the lengthy fight opposed to the enemy urban of Carthage. We keep on with Caesar as he campaigns in Britain, and we realize the ebb and circulation of Rome’s fortunes within the Hellenistic East. Writing with the idea that such tales comprise ethical classes which are appropriate at the present time, Zoch provides a story that's either exciting and informative. An afterword takes the historical past to the autumn of the Roman Empire within the West in A.D. 476.

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Among the Latin words that came in at this time was castra, "camp," which appears in English place-names as caster (Lancaster) or as chester (Rochester). 3. D. 597 missionaries began traveling to England to convert the natives to Christianity. The language of the Catholic Church was Latin (the Bible was not translated into English until the late fourteenth century), and Latin words therefore became as much a part of people's lives as worship. 4. Under the leadership of William the Conqueror, the Normans, people of northern France (Normandy), won the Battle of Hastings in 1066 and subsequently occupied England during the eleventh, twelfth, and thirteenth centuries.

Dido, who had thought that Aeneas was going to marry her, committed suicide as Aeneas and his allies sailed away, but first she cursed Aeneas and all his descendants, saying: "Carthaginians, hound his descendants and all his future race with your hatred! Give this gift to my ashes: no love, no treaties between our peoples. Arise, some avenger, from my bones to pursue the Trojan settlers with fire and the sword, now, later, whenever you have the power to do so. I beg our shores to be against theirs, our seas against theirs, swords against swords.

I have sought to allow the original sources to engage readers' interest, because students prefer storiessuch as the Sacred Geese of Juno, the Schoolmaster of Falerii, or Clodius and the Bona Dea scandalto scholarly interpretations. Students and general readers are more likely to read such stories, and thus to learn from them, than they are to read scholarly discussions. Yet my emphasis on original sources and interesting stories does not detract from the presentation of factual Roman history. Readers will still learn factual Roman history and the place of ancient Rome in Western civilization; they will still learn about the Romans' values and culture; and they will learn about Roman government and its problems.

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