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- Publisher: Pen & Sword (23 July 2012)
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Defeat of Rome in the East: Crassus, the Parthians, and the Disastrous Battle of Carrhae, 53 BC: Crassus, Carrhae and the Invasion of the East Kindle Edition
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Sampson's pleasing book gives a picture of Crassus. It is not a biography but a background sketch to put the battle in context. He was born to a very wealthy ruling family that held the high offices, and excelled in a world where failure would often result in death. His father and two brothers were killed or committed suicide running foul of political enemies. That would certainly make him a man who took politics seriously. His reputation was tainted by greed, he benefited financially from proscription, and as an unscrupulous property developer. He was an extraordinary manipulator, a breeder of pedigree politicians. He was perhaps Rome's greatest patron. The formation and workings of the triumvirate are largely passed over, the big beasts (he, Pompey and Caesar) found it possible to work together rather than tear each other apart. Why did Crassus go to war having attained hegemony over the Roman republic? The assumption is he wanted a triumph and that required a significant foreign military victory.Read more ›
To begin with (and although most of the source discussion is pushed back into an appendix), the author has definitely studied and well-researched his subject. He has also identified the rather negative - and often implausible - biases contained in these sources, in particular in Plutarch, whose moralising agenda seems, once again, to have been privileged over historical accuracy.
The main interest of the book lies in the portray that it paints of Crassus, and the explanations that the author provides with the awful reputation that this "loser" acquired in Roman literature, a reputation that has mostly prevailed to this day. Gareth Sampson strenuously and valiantly attempts to rehabilitate the reputation of the vanquished Roman warlord who paid the disaster with his life. In particular, he makes a number of convincing points showing that Crassus was a highly efficient, successful and experienced Roman senator with a colossal fortune, huge political experience, vast political connections and significantly more military experience that he is usually credited for. Moreover, although about sixty years old when he left on his Parthian campaign, he was far from senile and very much at the top of his campaign.
Regarding his military experience, he was the real victor of Spartacus' slave rebellion, although Pompey managed to get some of the credit for it, in one of his usual exercises of one-upmanship.Read more ›
The first thing to say is that we have very little hard evidence about the campaign, the battle and its aftermath. The author is very honest about this, but makes excellent use of what we do have. The Parthians - Rome's adversary - are an enigma to modern historians: no Parthian documents have come down to us, for reasons the author describes, so everything has to be examined from the viewpoint of other, mostly later, works, which are often biased. The author is very clear about what are facts, what are logical conclusions and what are suppositions.
The book starts off with an excellent introduction to Roman politics in the time leading up to the campaign, and a refreshing outline of the life and career of Crassus. Much maligned by all since his death, it is shown that he must have been a much more substantial figure than widely believed, and his career, and particularly his relationship with Pompey, is well described. It also gives as much detail as possible about the rise of the Parthian state.
All this leads to the campaign, and the battle itself. Sampson does not dawdle or over-dramatise. The battle was not that long, and he gives the known facts, and then moves on to the aftermath, which actually, in many ways, was worse for Rome.
He finally relates the longer term effects on both Parthia and Rome, and the Middle East as a whole.
Overall, this is excellent history. Balanced, clear about fact and supposition, and thought-provoking. It has very good appendices, and a useful bibliography. If you are interested in Roman history, I would thoroughly recommend it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As a keen reader of roman fiction and also fact I found this book interesting and informative. As the author states, there is a great deal of text published on the lives of Ceaser... Read morePublished 17 months ago by TVR-Andy
Read the book on holiday and couldn't put in down a very good and informative read. Crassus wasn't the bad guy he was made out to be.Published on 26 Sept. 2013 by Russ G. Mills
I've been driven to write this review by the poor 'review' left by 'bskeptic'. I say review, when in fact it's not. Read morePublished on 31 July 2013 by Ben Kane
I Expected this to be a novel not a text book a very poor read. The constant refereals to other texts and eariler/later passages made it virtualy imposible to get into. Read morePublished on 20 May 2013 by bskeptic
I enjoy reading popular history titles on ancient Greece and Rome, especially when written about the turbulent last days of the Republic. Read morePublished on 28 Oct. 2011 by Amazon Customer
For many years I have been puzzled by the fate of Marcus Licinius Crassus. Reading the many historical treaties concerning the fall of the Roman Republic you might have been... Read morePublished on 18 Aug. 2010 by Iphidaimos