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This remarkable and original introduction to Roman civilization starts with a tour of Rome, and uses real sights which you can visit today as a starting point for discussions of all aspects of Roman life.

From art and architecture, to politics and propaganda, this is a unique and accessible guide to the civlizaton that shaped the world as it is today.

Readers will gain new insights into the Roman past, its people, its psychology and its society – and they will feel encouraged and confident to visit Rome themselves or to read its most important texts.