- Paperback: 528 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 5 edition (29 July 1982)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0415025273
- ISBN-13: 978-0415025270
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 465,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Gracchi to Nero: History of Rome from 133 B.C.to A.D.68 Paperback – 29 Jul 1982
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The work is split into roughly two halves. The first deals with the time from the Gracchi brothers and their attempts at social reform, to the Second Triumvirate, when Octavian, Antony and Lepidus combined their power for the good of the Roman Republic. Along the way we learn of Brutus' treachery against Julius Ceasar, we learn of the rise and fall of Marius, who instigated reforms that allowed cracks to form in the previously impregnable Republic, and of poor Sulla.
The second half focuses on Octavian's massive success in making himself the sole ruler of Rome. He destroyed the Republic, shifted the power from the Senate to himself and, to a lesser extend, the People, and he also, somewhat amazingly, set in place a structure that would create peace for two hundred odd years, which would then go on to assist in the creation of modern Europe. Indeed, the 'universal peace' or Pax Romana of 27 B.C. or so until about 180 A.D. has inspired many nations and people's around the world to believe in the possibility of a further universal peace in our own (or their own) time.Read more ›
put simply, if you want learn about the late roman republic, and its fascinating main players such as marius,sulla,caesar and octavian, then this book is where you should start.
While this novel is quite old and more work has been done on areas covered in the book, it is still one of the most comprehensive summations of the period.. The text is interesting and easy to read, though the one small gripe I have is there are numerous Latin phrases throughout the work and if you don't have a working knowledge of Latin (let's face it, not many of us do) then you can struggle at times. However on the whole this is a very good book and I have not yet found anything that does the period justice like this work does.
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This was a standard A Level textbook when I studied ancient history almost 50 years ago. It is still an excellent and very readable overview of the decades which led to the end of... Read morePublished on 3 Nov. 2013 by M. F. Cayley
If you are interested in this period of Roman history this book is pretty definitive and demonstrates a very high standard of modern scholarship. A must have for me.Published on 28 July 2011 by Mr. Christopher Harris