Ancient Rome: Facts and Fictions

by
Monica M. Bonttyauthor

Monica M. Bontty is professor of history at the University of Louisiana at Monroe and a respected authority on ancient history.

Ancient Rome: Facts and Fictions

20200331

ABC-CLIO

Pages 256
Topics Caligula's Horse;Crucifixion;Death of Augustus;Destruction of Carthage;Dress Code;Gladiators;Julius Caesar's Last Words;Nero Fiddling;Roman Cleanliness;World History;Geography and World Cultures: Countries and Regions

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Ancient Rome: Facts and Fictions

Author(s): Bontty, Monica;
Contributors: Bontty, Monica;
Abstract:

This book shares little-known facts from and excerpts of primary source documents to correct popular misconceptions about Ancient Rome and to show how those misconceptions became widespread.

Roman personalities and history have always had a larger-than-life profile in American popular culture, but most people think of this ancient civilization as merely decadent, cruel, and elitist. Most of our stereotypical conceptions of the empire and its people, however, are wrong. This book corrects popular misconceptions about the ancient Roman world, thus making ancient history relevant and accessible to modern readers and allowing modern critics of American politics and society to draw accurate comparisons.

Each chapter discusses how a particular misconception developed, spread, and evolved into what we now believe to be the historical truth. Topics discussed include crucifixion, the destruction of Carthage, Julius Caesar's last words, and Roman hygiene. Excerpts from primary source documents provide evidence of both the rise of the historical fictions and the truths behind the myths.


• Discusses how historical misconceptions about Ancient Rome proliferated

• Explores a historical truth that runs counter to a misconception in individual chapters

• Helps readers to understand how misconceptions developed and provides evidence supporting our understanding of the facts in the form of excerpts from primary source documents

• Direct readers to additional print and electronic information resources

SortTitle: ancient rome: facts and fictions
Keyword(s): Caligula's Horse; Crucifixion; Death of Augustus; Destruction of Carthage; Dress Code; Gladiators; Julius Caesar's Last Words; Nero Fiddling; Roman Cleanliness; World History; Geography and World Cultures: Countries and Regions
Author Info:
Monica M. Bonttyauthor

Monica M. Bontty is professor of history at the University of Louisiana at Monroe and a respected authority on ancient history.

eISBN-13: 9781440855634
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Print ISBN-13: 9781440855627
Imprint: ABC-CLIO
Pages: 256
Publication Date: 20200331
Series: Historical Facts and Fictions