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From the Gracchi to Nero (Routledge Classics) Paperback – 27 Aug 2010
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'Many things made and make From the Gracchi to Nero a great book: The lengthy chronological table in the front is ideal for study. Scullard's presentation is balanced and unprepossessing. The work breathes an air of confident, competent scholarship, and the extensive notes give a veritable snapshot of a great generation of English scholarship on Rome ...'
– John Noël Dillon, University of Exeter, Bryn Mawr Classical Review
Praise for the previous edition:
'Still the best introduction to Roman history.'
– Miriam Griffin, University of Oxford
'The fundamental modern work of reference for teachers, sixth-formers and university students still ... the best and most reliable modern account of the period.'
– Tim Cornell, University of Manchester
'The most balanced, succinct account of the two most turbulent and written-about centuries of Roman history – the single best introduction to that period for students.'
– G.H.R. Horsley, University of New England
About the Author
H.H. Scullard (1903-1983) taught at King's College London, where he became Professor of Ancient History, from 1935 to 1970. He wrote several books on Roman history, and was the first editor of the Oxford Classical Dictionary.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great introductory book for those interested in Roman history which is scholarly but not boring and difficult to follow. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Alex Buck
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! Read morePublished on 11 Nov. 2012 by J Davey
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