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The Roman Empire

The Roman Empire

Paul Veyne

Translated by Arthur Goldhammer

ISBN 9780674777712

Publication date: 10/01/1997

This compact book—which appeared earlier in the multivolume series A History of Private Life—is a history of the Roman Empire in pagan times. It is an interpretation setting forth in detail the universal civilization of the Romans—so much of it Hellenic—that later gave way to Christianity. The civilization, culture, literature, art, and even religion of Rome are discussed in this masterly work by a leading scholar.


  • The new emphasis on the history of everybody has now been consecrated in [this] ambitious five-volume series… Copious illustrative materials—paintings, drawings, caricatures, and photographs, all cannily chosen and wittily captioned to display domestic life… Magnificent.

    —Roger Shattuck (reviewing A History of Private Life), New York Times Book Review


  • Paul Veyne is Professor at the Collège de France.

Book Details

  • 256 pages
  • 7 x 9 inches
  • Belknap Press

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