La storia dell'antica Roma e del suo gigantesco impero colpiscono ancora oggi per due aspetti: in primo luogo per la forza di un esercito che fece di un villaggio sui colli del Lazio la prima superpotenza mondiale, assoggettando popoli diversissimi per lingua, storia, cultura, religione, costumi, tradizioni... Perché il secondo straordinario successo di Roma fu quello di unire e amalgamare all'interno di un'unica cultura condivisa diversi milioni di cittadini, dalle fredde coste del Mare del Nord alle pianure mesopotamiche, dalle rive del Mar Nero alla costa atlantica di quello che oggi è il Marocco. In questo saggio, Boris Johnson, che prima di diventare giornalista e uomo politico di successo ha studiato antichità classica a Oxford, ci spiega come Roma sia riuscita prima a imporsi con la forza delle armi; e poi a costruire un sistema politico ? e soprattutto una civiltà ? in grado di unire moltissime diversità. È una ricostruzione storicamente impeccabile, ma anche brillante e ricca di curiose sorprese. E offre indicazioni utili: perché, ci ricorda Boris Johnson, per certi aspetti la sfida che dovette affrontare l'antica Roma non è così diversa da quella che deve affrontare oggi l'Europa, alle prese con i problemi dell'immigrazione e dell'integrazione.
- ISBN: 8811600952
- Casa Editrice: Garzanti
- Pagine: 288
A REVIEW FROM 2007 WHEN THE BOOK WAS PUBLISHED WHICH TAKES ON NEW RESONANCE NOW Short and clearly written (although sometimes with too populist a style and too elitist a content) review of the Roman Empire from Augustus onwards. The theme of the book is that ever since the fall of the Empire Europea Leggi tutto
The danger when talking about The Dream of Rome, at the moment anyway, is that you start by reviewing the book and end by reviewing the author, for he is journalist, writer, TV personality, politician and Great Blonde Hope of the Tory Party Boris Johnson. Who knows, readers of the future, by the tim Leggi tutto
Fantastic introduction to Roman History, would absolutely recommend it to anyone. It really is accessible to all. This is one of the first factual History books I have read, but I lent it to a friend who has a History degree and both absolutely loved it. I think a lot of the credit goes to the autho Leggi tutto
Interesting view, although totally wrong on Turkey. Had Turkey joined the EU and we would be having a far more serious crisis now, since the country has become increasingly authoritarian and anti-Western under Erdogan. Not only is Turkey incompatible with the EU, but it is putting NATO's cohesion at Leggi tutto
Why do I like BoJo? Because he can write such a book as this...informative,amusingly jagged & amiably controversial...such a blessed relief after so many po-faced apparatchiks of government.Ken Livingstone writes about newts;Boris Johnson writes about everything! The boy Johnson done good!
Boris Johnson has a charming, avuncular style of writing, weaving hundreds of interesting stories of the Roman empire together to trace its history, through its apotheosis under Augustus to its decline. Johnson always treats the reader as an intellectual equal, leading them gently through a complex
Fantastic book, I don't really share some of the ideas, but it's an interesting analysis about Europe and the Union and it's differences with the Roman Empire and why they got so much cultural leverage (and cultural/political cohesion) in the past and still nowadays. It completely changed my opinion Leggi tutto
This book highlights the lack of a common European identity as a ground to claim, that a European Community can never become as integrated as the Roman empire was. In the cause of his argument the author doesn't mention any of the traits, which European have in common, such as culture, a shared histo Leggi tutto
Johnson is a great writer and his descriptions bring the past vividly to the mind. As a classics scholar (many years ago), this was both a great refresher in history and a thoughtful look at the European Union in contrast to the Roman Empire - all the more interesting given the current state of Euro Leggi tutto
Boris Johnson is an excellent writer, witty, funny and with an impressive vocabulary. This makes for a thoroughly enjoyable read. Mr Johnson has often been criticised as being bumbling, sloppy and lacking thoroughness. He studied Classics at Oxford, from which he seems to derive a good part of his k Leggi tutto
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