A solid introduction to Roman history, intended for those who have little or no previous background. This is a careful treatment, eager to recognize the limits of the evidence but not especially detailed in describing what that evidence is. Most of the sources, when mentioned at all, are described in terms of their failings and limitations. Often, the most prominent discussion of prominent individuals (Tiberius Grachus, for example) is the discussion of what we don't know about them. This seems an unfortunate strategy for getting people excited about some of the most exciting history we know.