Revised and updated to include the latest research in the field, this second edition of a popular history text examines how the Roman republic was destabilized by the unplanned growth of the Roman Empire.
Central discussion points include:
the government of the republic
how certain individuals took advantage of the expansion of the empire
Julius Caesar's accession to power
the rise of the Augustan principate following Julius Caesar's murder.
Drawing on a wealth of recent scholarship and including an expanded and updated guide to further reading, a chronology, and a guide to the provinces of the Roman Empire, students of history and classical studies will find this a helpful and accessible introduction to this complex period in history.
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Any literate adult with a passing knowledge of Roman Republican history will find this book a relatively easy read and quite enlightening. Any specialist in Roman Republican history will find this work a concise, accurate, and extremely valuable synthesis of scholarly opinion on the fall of the Roman Republic that is fully informed by most all works on the topic from Syme to the present. In my opinion, this book stands as the current state of the art on its subject. While my reading on the topic is not encyclopedic, I believe it is extensive enough for me to render that judgement. The author, David Shotter, is a prolific writer and respected historian of Rome both imperial and republican. What is striking here is the degree to which this writer has been able to detach himself from his present and paint an objective assessment of the period from the Gracchi to the emergent principate of Augustus. Any reader in this area will know that this has been a problem for writers on topics...
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