Taken at the Flood UK 

Taken at the Flood: UK hardback; UK paperback

Taken at the Flood: US hardback; US paperback

This is from the ancient Greek historian Polybius, who was there at the time: 'Is there anyone on earth who is so narrow-minded or uninquisitive that he could fail to want to know how ... almost the entire known world was conquered and brought under a single empire, the empire of the Romans?' The subject of Taken at the Flood is that swift and brutal takeover, and its impact on the societies involved on either side.


We can't find anything actually to quote from Peter Green's New York Review of Books piece entitled 'When the Roman Empire Didn't Stop' (5 March 2015) reviewing Robin's book among others), but it is a good read

‘Waterfield has made himself into a living international treasure by his lean and lucid accounts of some of the most involved periods of ancient history ... The current story Waterfield tells clearly and enjoyably, with a deft selection of detail and not without anecdote’ – J.E. Lendon, Weekly Standard 

‘W. succeeds admirably in the task he has taken on. He sets out his position on the big scholarly controversies at the outset. ... Thereafter, the emphasis is on the narrative of military and diplomatic events, which are related with exceptional clarity; along the way he also pauses to discuss broader issues ... some excellent landscape photographs’ – John Patterson, Anglo-Hellenic Review 


‘[The asides on social and cultural matters are] an unqualified success, providing the novice to Roman Republican history with crucial – and fascinating – discussions of ancillary matters. Less successful, however, is Waterfield’s claim to steer clear of controversy ... [The review ends with criticism of Robin's position on the exceptional aggressiveness of the Romans] ... An epic tale, engagingly told in clear, eloquent prose. OUP is to be commended for commissioning a book on such a world-changing series of events which ... is mostly ignored outside academic circles today ... As long as readers are aware of and can correct for Waterfield’s overt interpretative biases, the book is a valuable contribution to the study of the formative years of Roman involvement in the East’ – Paul Burton, Bryn Mawr Classical Review   

'A clear and well-paced account ... coherent and engaging - Ben Kelly, Classical Review

'On top of producing a traditional academic history, Waterfield has composed a stimulating and provocative meditation on imperialism itself, both in antiquity and in our own society' -Publishers Weekly

'An absorbing and very readable account of an important yet overlooked chapter of Roman history' - David Flintham, Military History

'Told with great verve and pace ... very readable' - Paul Cartledge, Literary Review

‘W. details Rome’s stomping through the Greek East clearly and with cogent arguments for his view of Roman aggression. It is not, however, all war games, and W. fills the reader in on the social, economic and political background to the wars. The maps are excellent’ – Adrian Spooner, Journal of Classics Teaching 


‘The story Waterfield tells is complex, but he tells it well, inclining to the view that Rome was an actively aggressive imperialist force. Scholarly arguments on that point, and others, are confined to the excellent notes at the back’ – Peter Jones, BBC History Magazine


'It's a bit deceptive: an enormous amount of wit and wisdom is packed into this comparatively slim volume' - Steve Donoghue, Open Letters Monthly



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UK & US: Oxford University Press 


Italy: 21 Editore