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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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  • 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)
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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 However it is now, sadly, outdated and his views on the roman political system, means of social control(clientela)and on non-roman civilisations have now been outgrown by academic research in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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For almost fifty years, H. H. Scullard's text on Roman history, From the Gracchi to Nero: A History of Rome from 133 B.C to A. D. 68, has been a staple of introductory Ancient History courses. Scullard's writing is clear, concise, and for the most part it stays away from embellishment or falling into the trap of creating a coherent narrative. While the endless stream of names, dates, places and times can be difficult to keep track of, the book if collected into a mostly chronological and thematic selection of chapters revolving around a particular topic - The Gracchi, Pompey the Great, Julius Ceasar and so on.

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.
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i was suprised not to find any reviews of this widely admired classic.

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.
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From the Gracchi to Nero is a grand history summary of the late Roman Republic to it's transition to the Early Roman Empire. Covering one of the most exciting and tumultuous periods in the long history of Rome we get a broad history of just about every aspect of Roman life in this period, from the political-military events (the two becoming increasing intertwined as the later republic, which Augustus attempted to split apart), to social, economic and the arts. The novel attempts and general succeeds at giving us the complete look at life in the roman world.

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 my 'A' level text book and I am delighted to be able to get reacquainted with it once more (and not have to write any essays!) A good overview of how the Republic became an Empire.
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