By Peter Jones
The Romans left an enduring legacy and their impression can nonetheless be obvious throughout us - from our calendar and cash, to our language and legislation - yet how a lot can we quite learn about them? assistance is to hand within the type of Veni, Vidi, Vici, which tells the amazing, and infrequently dazzling, tale of the Romans and the main enduring empire in history.
Fusing a full of life and enjoyable narrative with rigorous examine, Veni, Vidi, Vici breaks down each one significant interval right into a sequence of concise nuggets that offer a desirable statement on each point of the Roman global - from plebs to personalities, sauces to sexuality, video games to gladiators, poets to punishments, mosaics to drugs and Catullus to Christianity.
Through the twists and turns of his 1250-year itinerary, Peter Jones is a pleasant and clear-thinking advisor. during this e-book he has produced a beguiling and enjoyable advent to the Romans, one who vividly brings to lifestyles the folk who helped create the realm we are living in at the present time.
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Wars were more extensively geared, however, to the enhancement of a kingdom’s dominion; to the cupidity of its rulers and their followings; and in due course to meeting the demands of a growing external trade. Interwoven with these circumstances were a number of special features touching the fate of most of these kingdoms. Perhaps the most important related to the rules of kingly succession, chief of which was that ordinarily every son of a previous ruler had an inherent right to succeed to the rulership himself.
W. Nyakatura, Anatomy of an African Kingdom. A History of Bunyoro-Kitara (New York, 1973), pp. 98–100. H. Van Thiel, ‘Buzinza unter der Dynastie der Bahinda’, Anthropos, 6 (1911), pp. 497– 520, Pt ii. F. Morris, A History of Ankole (Kampala, 1962), Ch. 4. 8 It was into this region that there came in the middle years of the nineteenth century the first intruders from the large, variegated outside world which had hitherto been scarcely known about here at all. Local traditions assert that the first manufactured goods only arrived around the middle or latter part of the eighteenth century.
10. Prologue: survey and agenda 27 course always fixated upon securing their own hegemony, whilst indigenous leaders wrestled throughout with how best to secure their own and their peoples’ interests. There were no appointed procedures, however, to direct the former, whilst the latter faced an incursion quite unprecedented in their history. Amid a paucity of ready prescriptions, both had constant recourse to expedients – as the resulting upshot shows. There was next to nothing here of orderly ‘construction’ or anything that warrants so precise a term as ‘formation’.