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The storm before the storm : the beginning of the end of the Roman Republic / Mike Duncan.

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  • ISBN: 9781610397216
  • ISBN: 1610397215
  • Physical Description: xxi, 327 pages : maps ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : PublicAffairs, 2017.

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Bibliography, etc.: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents: Prologue: The triumph of the Roman Republic -- The beasts of Italy -- The stepchildren of Rome -- Daggers in the forum -- A city for sale -- The spoils of victory -- The golden earring -- Marius's mules -- The third founder of Rome -- Italia -- The ruins of Carthage -- The spiked boots -- Civil War -- Dictator for life.
Summary, etc.: The creator of the podcast series The History of Rome and Revolutions brings to life the bloody battles, political machinations, and human drama that set the stage for the fall of the Roman Republic. The Roman Republic was one of the most remarkable achievements in the history of civilization. Beginning as a small city-state in central Italy, Rome gradually expanded into a wider world filled with petty tyrants, barbarian chieftains, and despotic kings. Through the centuries, Rome's model of cooperative and participatory government remained remarkably durable and unmatched in the history of the ancient world. In 146 BC, Rome finally emerged as the strongest power in the Mediterranean. But the very success of the Republic proved to be its undoing. The republican system was unable to cope with the vast empire Rome now ruled: rising economic inequality disrupted traditional ways of life, endemic social and ethnic prejudice led to clashes over citizenship and voting rights, and rampant corruption and ruthless ambition sparked violent political clashes that cracked the once indestructible foundations of the Republic. Chronicling the years 146-78 BC, Michael Duncan dives headlong into the first generation to face this treacherous new political environment. Abandoning the ancient principles of their forbearers, men like Marius, Sulla, and the Gracchi brothers set dangerous new precedents that would start the Republic on the road to destruction and provide a stark warning about what can happen to a civilization that has lost its way.
Subject: Rome > History > Republic, 265-30 B.C.
Roman Empire > History.
HISTORY / Ancient / Rome.
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