The Roman Revolution
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 modern authorities, and states controversial opinions quite openly. The result is a book which is both fresh and compelling.
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Pompeius prolonged his own possession of Spain for five years more and sought
by a trick to annul the law passed by the tribunes of the year conceding to Caesar
the right to stand for the consulate in absence. Detected, he made tardy and ...
Caesar could always count on tribunes. C. Scribonius Curio, a vigorous orator,
began the year as a champion of the government, but soon showed his colours,
blocking the longawaited discussion on Caesar's provinces and confounding the
revealed, an overwhelming majority in the Senate, nearly four hundred against
twenty-two, wished both dynasts to lay down their extraordinary commands.3 A
rash and factious minority prevailed. The precise legal points at issue in Caesar's
Caesar postponed decision about the permanent ordering of the State. It was too
difficult. Instead, he would set out for the wars again, to Macedonia and to the
eastern frontier of the Empire. At Rome he was hampered: abroad he might enjoy
4 ally, Caesar the proconsul, and some he lost. Caesar profited by the example—
and by the errors—of his predecessor. He recruited his legates of the Gallic Wars
(ten in number from 56 B.C. onwards) from the company of his relatives, friends ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser 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 ReviewUser 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