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Good read, slightly outdated in parts.,
This review is from: From the Gracchi to Nero: A History of Rome 133 BC to AD 68: History of Rome from 133 B.C.to A.D.68 (Paperback)
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 However it is now, sadly, outdated and his views on the roman political system, means of social control(clientela)and on non-roman civilisations have now been outgrown by academic research in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.
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Initial post: 17 Jan 2011 08:27:04 GMT
The Composer says:
Hi. Thanks for your thoughts. Could you give me a brief idea on how the book is outdated and how it wrong treasts the political system? (I ask because it's the poilitical system I wan't to know more about). Cheers!
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