The Roman revolution

Front Cover
Oxford University Press, Dec 31, 1960 - History - 568 pages
3 Reviews
The Roman Revolutionis a profound and unconventional treatment of a great theme - the fall of the Republic and the decline of freedom in Rome between 60 BC and AD 14, and the rise to power of the greatest of the Roman Emperors, Augustus. The transformation of state and society, the violent transference of power and property, and the establishment of Augustus' rule are presented in an unconventional narrative, which quotes from ancient evidence, refers seldomly to modern authorities, and states controversial opinions quite openly. The result is a book which is both fresh and compelling.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - thcson - LibraryThing

This book focuses exclusively on individual agency. The author explicitly rejects other modes of historical explanation, such as social or economic theories. The agency approach has its merits, but ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - jorgearanda - LibraryThing

I imagine this treatise on the fall of the Roman Republic is priceless to historians, but it makes for a terrible introduction for the layman --I had to check other sources constantly, as Syme assumes ... Read full review

Contents

AUGUSTUS AND HISTORY
1
THE ROMAN OLIGARCHY
10
THE DOMINATION OF POMPEIUS
28
Copyright

33 other sections not shown

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (1960)


Sir Ronald Syme was Camden Professor of Ancient History at Oxford University.