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Rome in the late republic: Problems and interpretations [Unknown Binding]

Mary Beard
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  • Unknown Binding: 106 pages
  • Publisher: Duckworth (1989)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0007C4QY2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Republican Romans 18 Jun 2008
This book is meant to be a short introduction to the society of Rome during the late Republic for A-level and first year university students. As such I expected it to be a rather dry and academic work, considering I've never done a course on the Classics.

Instead I found this book to be lively, readable and interesting look at the social trends taking place within the Roman Republic from the days of Tiberius Gracchus to those of Octavian.

It covers subjects such as religion, political institutions, politics, the aristocracy and Roman imperialism in a few short chunks.
Mary Beard is an expert on this period, and she's a great writer to boot. Michael Crawford also lends his expertise to the title, presenting some rather complex ideas in a digestible and easy to understand manner.

Too bad they didn't include any photographs or illustrations, but I suppose they'd have to increase the price if they did so.

If you are a Classics or Ancient History student then this book is a must. Interested amateurs like myself will also find this book a useful guide to the period.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction 13 April 2010
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This book I found very useful for the period concerned. In my second year of Classical studies it provided an accessible introduction to the late republic and a look ahead to the early empire.

It is a short book and the beauty of it is it's concise narrative. It is not a chronological history but a thematic history covering topics such as the Social Order, Religious interests, Political Institutions, and the Working of Politics. It also has a chapter on the provinces.

If you are looking for a comprehensive study of every single thing of the late empire this is not you're book. But as I said it is a light and clear introduction, indicating the fundamental issues and prompting where an enthusiast should search for information with an impressive and extensive Bibliography of both ancient and modern sources.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Roman Capital! 13 Jun 2012
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I purchased this on the recommendation of the Open University. For me it's a good introduction to the late Republic of Rome.It has six chapters covering Roman aristocratic culture, the socio-political and the socio-religious life as well as the workings of the political institutions and Rome's relations with other countries. There is some focus attributed to the influence of Greek culture on the Romans particularly in the area of literature and an insight into the problems of interpreting history.Additionally, Beard and Crawford provide footnotes and plenty of further reading. Overall, there are 120 pages,21 of which contain the bibliography. Very approachable, as it is not like a textbook.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Detailed 17 April 2012
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Very informative in illuminating this period dramatic period of Roman history is very clearly written helping to raise new issues for my essay writing,worth every penny.
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