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From the Gracchi to Nero: A History of Rome 133 BC to AD 68 (Routledge Classics) [Paperback]

Dominic RATHBONE , H.H. Scullard
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27 Aug 2010 0415584884 978-0415584883
From the Gracchi to Nero is an outstanding history of the Roman world from 133 BC to 68 AD. Fifty years since publication it is widely hailed as the classic survey of the period, going through many revised and updated editions until H.H. Scullard’s death. It explores the decline and fall of the Roman Republic and the establishment of the Pax Romana under the early Principate. In superbly clear style, Scullard brings vividly to life the Gracchi’s attempts at reform, the rise and fall of Marius and Sulla, Pompey and Caesar, society and culture in the late Roman Republic, the Augustan Principate, Tiberius and Gaius, Claudius and Nero, and economic and social life in the early Empire.

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (27 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415584884
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415584883
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.7 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Many things made and make From the Gracchi to Nero a great book: The lengthy chronological table in the front is ideal for study. Scullard's presentation is balanced and unprepossessing. The work breathes an air of confident, competent scholarship, and the extensive notes give a veritable snapshot of a great generation of English scholarship on Rome ...'
– John Noël Dillon, University of Exeter, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

Praise for the previous edition:

'Still the best introduction to Roman history.'
– Miriam Griffin, University of Oxford

'The fundamental modern work of reference for teachers, sixth-formers and university students still ... the best and most reliable modern account of the period.'
– Tim Cornell, University of Manchester

'The most balanced, succinct account of the two most turbulent and written-about centuries of Roman history – the single best introduction to that period for students.'
– G.H.R. Horsley, University of New England

About the Author

H.H. Scullard (1903-1983) taught at King's College London, where he became Professor of Ancient History, from 1935 to 1970. He wrote several books on Roman history, and was the first editor of the Oxford Classical Dictionary.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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i was suprised not to find any reviews of this widely admired classic.

put simply, if you want learn about the late roman republic, and its fascinating main players such as marius,sulla,caesar and octavian, then this book is where you should start.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An old friend 11 Nov 2012
By J Davey
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This was my 'A' level text book and I am delighted to be able to get reacquainted with it once more (and not have to write any essays!) A good overview of how the Republic became an Empire.
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4.0 out of 5 stars If You Can Grind Through the "Gracchi / Land Reform" Portion, You Will Be Rewarded 13 Oct 2013
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Scullard continues where he left off at the end of "A History of the Roman World: 753-146 BC." I gave that book four stars, and if I could I would give this one 4 and 1/2, but I had to choose between four and five. The author maintains his academic style which can be both informative and tedious.

I found the first section, which talked a lot about latifundia, pretty dry and kind of confusing. I blame my lack of background knowledge rather than any authorial deficiencies. However, the extended discussion of the need for land reform and the marginalization of the peasant farmer (and how this affected the Roman military) does help one to understand the tumultuous years of nearly incessant civil wars which were to follow. After this initial background, I found the bulk of the narrative very engaging and it held my interest with ease.

I only have two issues with this book, one related to content and one related to the digital format. First, I felt like once Scullard powered his way through the Principate of Augustus, he started to run out of steam and seemed to treat the remaining years (from Tiberius to Nero) as something of an afterthought. Second, you can tap the link in the text proper to take you to the endnote, but the corresponding number in the endnote is just plain text and does not function as a link. This is a minor complaint as you can just tap the back button on your device.

After reading Scullard's two surveys, the highest compliment I can give is that I immediately wished he had written a third covering the remaining years of the Empire. I even came up with a title: "From Nero to Zero"! Instead I will have to chop my way through the dense thicket of Gibbon's account of the decline of the Western Empire. That is unless anyone has any recommendations for the twilight period of the Western Empire. I've read Norwich's three volumes on the Eastern Empire, so I really want to find a book (a little less challenging than Gibbon) that covers this gap between 68 AD and 476 AD (or even just 330 AD).
4.0 out of 5 stars Great information 19 May 2013
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I loved the information Scullard put forth in his history. It was a great sampling of political leaders in 133 BC to AD 68. Shows how the Julio-Claudian period came about, and what happened once it started. It had just enough details that you would understand the politics of the period very well, but not quite enough if you were to focus on any one aspect of this period, so you would need to supplement with another, more focused book on the particular area you need. Wonderful for a history course on this subject.
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