A groundbreaking assessment of the rise and fall of the
Roman Empire, told from the point of view of the peoples
vanquished by Rome.
Until recently, it was assumed that Rome carried the torch of
civilization into the barbarian darkness, bringing law,
architecture, and literature to conquered peoples. The alternative
view now suggests that many of Rome's enemiesthe Celts, Hebrews,
and Phoenicians, for examplewere developing civilizations in... more...