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The Roman Empire

The Roman Empire

Second Edition

Colin Wells

ISBN 9780674777705

Publication date: 08/11/1995

This sweeping history of the Roman Empire from 44 BC to AD 235 has three purposes: to describe what was happening in the central administration and in the entourage of the emperor; to indicate how life went on in Italy and the provinces, in the towns, in the countryside, and in the army camps; and to show how these two different worlds impinged on each other. Colin Wells’s vivid account is now available in an up-to-date second edition.


  • This concise but illuminating history of a government that provided peace and prosperity longer than any other has no equal.

    —Antioch Review


  • Colin Wells is Professor of Classical Studies, Trinity University.

Book Details

  • 384 pages
  • 5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press