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3.0 out of 5 stars
Good read, slightly outdated in parts., 15 Dec. 2003
For anyone wanting a good narrative overview of the last years of the republic and the formative years of the principate this book is very useful. Sullards style is vivid and comfortable to read. However it is now, sadly, outdated and his views on the roman political system, means of social control(clientela)and on non-roman civilisations have now been outgrown by academic research in the twenty years since the last edition. Those wishing to see a more up to date view (for the late republic at least) should see Beard and Crawford's Rome in the late Republic, and perhaps the latest edition of the Cambridge Ancient History Volumes IX,X and XI (although you may have to go to your local library to read these as they are rather expensive). Nonetheless it is still useful to student and non-student alike, even if certain areas should be read with scepticsim, and there is currently no comparable complete overview of the period Scullard covers.