The Roman Revolution

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OUP Oxford, Aug 8, 2002 - History - 568 pages
17 Reviews
The Roman Revolution is 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 modernauthorities, and states controversial opinions quite openly. The result is a book which is both fresh and compelling.

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Though old, this book is easily the most influential 20th century book on the creation of the Principate. Though now outdated in many respects, it still defines the orthodox conservative opinion of the period, and is a fine piece of literature besides. Read full review

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I thought this was a fascinating look at the decline of the Roman Republic. However, it is extremely dry and I'd suggest casual readers of history to look for something more user-friendly Read full review

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Sir Ronald Syme (1903-1989), one of the most distinguished Roman historians, was Camden Professor of Ancient History at Oxford University. In addition to numerous awards and honors, he collected honorary degrees in eleven countries on five continents.

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