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SPQR

A History of Ancient Rome

by Mary Beard

Hardcover, 606 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, List Price: $35 |

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A prominent classicist explores ancient Rome and how its citizens adapted the notion of imperial rule, invented the concepts of citizenship and nation, and made laws about those traditionally overlooked in history, including women, slaves, and criminals.

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8 weeks on NPR Hardcover Nonfiction Bestseller List

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From Gladiator Duels To Caesar's Last Words: The Myths Of Ancient Rome

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Historian Mary Beard says real gladiator competitions were probably not as brutal as the film Gladiator (starring Russell Crowe) would have us believe. Still, she says, "I loved Gladiator and I thought its depiction of gladiatorial combat, although it was an aggrandizing picture, was cleverly and expertly done." Universal/Getty Images hide caption

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From Gladiator Duels To Caesar's Last Words: The Myths Of Ancient Rome

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