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Chronicle of the Roman Republic: The Rulers of Ancient Rome from Romulus to Augustus (Chronicles) Paperback – 6 Oct 2008

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd; 01 edition (6 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500287635
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500287637
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 1.8 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Philip Matyszak has a doctorate in Roman history from St. John's College, Oxford. His books include Legionary, Gladiator, Ancient Rome on 5 Denarii a Day, Ancient Athens on 5 Drachmas a Day, The Classical Compendium, Chronicle of the Roman Republic, and The Greek and Roman Myths. He lives in British Columbia, Canada.


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Format: Hardcover
The early history of Rome was a big mystery to me. I could recall some of the names and deeds of the early mythological kings, but when it came to the Early Republic I was at a loss when the subject wasn't about Lucius Brutus or Cincinnatus. This book helped introduce me to the key players of this period.

Rather than being a narrative history of the Republic, this book covers the biographies of some of the great and lesser known politicians and generals of the years 753 BC to 31 BC. It starts with a look at Rome's founder, the mythological hero Romulus, and ends with a look at Octavian, the man who would become Emperor Augustus.

The book is divided into four sections - The Age of Kings 753-509 BC; Founders of the Republic 509-264 BC; Romans of the Mid-Republic 264-100 BC; and the Last Republicans 100-31 BC. Each section covers the lives of some of the notables of the age, for instance in the Founders of the Republic we have 10 biographies including a look at the lives of Horatius Cocles, Coriolanus, and Appius Claudius the Decemvir.

Every section is beautifully illustrated and packed with information. Charts give you the basic facts about a certain individual's family, achievements etc, a running timeline at the bottom of the page allows you to put these lives into the context of the period, while maps, photographs and illustrations adorn the pages. There are 293 illustrations in all, and they cover things such as portraits, art and archaeology, and diagrams and battle plans.

As well as the biographical sections, there also other shorter sections that include information on daily life in the Republic. These include a look at Gladiators, Vestal Virgins, Roman Roads, The Twelve Tables, Romans Farms and so on.
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This book is a great introduction for those seeking to gain some insight into who the leaders of the early Roman republic were. each person is given from one to a couple of pages where their achievements and failures are presented. The book conatins many illustrations, and several sidebars with information about life in the Roman republic.
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This well-written book gives a detailed summary of Roman history from the mythological accounts of its founding fathers Romulus and Remus, through to the Dynastic Period and Octavian, who was to become Emperor Augustus. There is also a wealth of illustrations - from maps of the time to busts / statues of the individuals described. The information is presented in a chronological order and although each chapter can be read separately, there is consequently a degree of overlap / repetition if the publication is read sequentially from start to finish. Nevertheless, this work will prove to be a major reference source for an introduction to Roman History for both formal study and personal interest alike.
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Great book that takes you from Romulus-Octavian (750 BC-14 AD). There's a biography of each emperor and many illustrations, maps, information on Roman life etc, giving the reader an excellent knowledge of this era. Characters who were just names to me, now have meaning! Incidentally this volume is followed by the equally good Chronicle of the Roman emperors covering the subsequent dynasties
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A great book that you can dip in and out of .If mildly interested in Roman history
then this a terrific rereadable book
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