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Social Conflicts in the Roman Republic (Ancient Culture & Society) Hardcover – 22 Apr 1971

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  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Chatto & Windus (22 April 1971)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0701116307
  • ISBN-13: 978-0701116309
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,653,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this book P. A. Brunt is concerned with social conflicts throughout the history of the Roman Republic. While his main emphasis is on the discontents of the rural and urban poor, he also discusses the internal struggles within the propertied class, for at times it was among sections of the propertied class, denied the political power or social esteem to which they aspired, that the poor found support against the narrow ruling oligarchy. The author holds that the discontents of the poor were a major cause of the fall of the Republic, but he also suggests in an epilogue that they gained relatively little from the monarchic system they had helped to found. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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Excellent and absorbing introduction to the subject. Some broad understanding of the history is required. Brunt's clear, well written and concise prose is a pleasure to read. A non-specialist reader may be pleased to know that this book doesn't adopt the condescending tone which many popular historians these days seem to think is necessary.
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If you want to understand the complexities of Roman society this is a very good introduction to the subject. Not a light read but very interesting.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9f01eea0) out of 5 stars 3 reviews
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HASH(0x9edd28d0) out of 5 stars A decent sketch... 12 Mar. 2001
By Nick Kapur - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"Social Conflicts in the Roman Republic" is a decent sketch of Roman history from the early Republic until Augustus. Don't let the title fool you - it's pretty much straight-up political history with a slightly social bent. The book is short (only 164 pp.) but well written and occasionally insightful. People engaged in deep scholarship should stay away from this book, because Brunt almost never cites his sources, but for the rest of us who want to get a quick overview of the republic in a night or two, this book could be useful.
HASH(0x9f2b393c) out of 5 stars Superb Book 27 Nov. 2012
By James VanLaningham - Published on Amazon.com
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This brief, readable book is more than excellent history. It is an insightful examination of issues of social class, income distribution, and economic inequality. it's also a detailed look at the political institutions through which these struggles were waged. The book's quick biographical sketches of the key players involved; (the Gracci, Marius, Caesar among many others) reveal the author's monumental expertise in his field. As I write this review, our political leadership are struggling with the exact same issues of economic distribution that defined the history of the Roman Republic. At a moment in American history where terms like "Tea Party" and "Occupy" are household words, this book about a society that died 2000 years ago is astonishingly relevant.
HASH(0x9f0adedc) out of 5 stars Recommended by my professor 10 Feb. 2014
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I bought this for an essay, and my professor included this in his recommendation list. It is short, concise and informative. However, I did not read the entire book, I only read the chapters I needed for my essay.
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