In this new and authoritative history of the Roman republic, distinguished historian Klaus Bringmann traces the rise of a small city state near the Tiber estuary into a power that controlled the Italian peninsula and created the final Empire of antiquity, an Empire that was to become both the most enduring in the ancient world and to have the most far-reaching consequences for posterity. Whilst this book is chronologically organized, giving the reader a clear sense of the historical progress and dynamics of Roman republican history, it also offers a coherent and authoritative overview of the culture, economics, religion and military might of the Roman empire, presented in an original and stimulating way. Thoroughly referenced and illustrated throughout, with a wealth of primary sources from great Roman writers such as Cicero and Plutarch, A History of the Roman Republic will be essential reading for university students in history and classical studies. It will also appeal to a wider audience of general readers who are interested in the history of the Ancient world and its legacy.
KLAUS BRINGMANN, Professor of Greek and Roman History, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main. Translated by W. J. SMYTH.
* CONTENTS * Preface * I ROME AND ITALY * The foundation of the city of Rome * The rise of Rome as a major power in Italy * The constitution of the classical Republic * The rise of the nobility * II ROME AND THE MEDITERRANEAN * The war with King Pyrrhus * The First Punic War * Celts and Illyrians * The Second Punic War * The war with the great Hellenistic powers * The vengeful world power and * the beginnings of the Roman Empire * III THE CRISIS OF THE REPUBLIC AND ITS CAUSES * Culture and Religion under Greek influence * The monetary economy and its impact * The crisis of the military and agrarian system * The Gracchan reform initiatives * The road to the civil war: Marius and Sulla * The state of the dictator Sulla * IV THE FALL OF THE REPUBLIC * The rise of Pompey * Caesar and the First Triumvirate * From the Gallic War to the Civil War * The state of the dictator Caesar * The lost struggle for the Republic * V. AUGUSTUS: DEFEAT AND FULFILMENT OF THE REPUBLIC * The Second Triumvirate and the struggle for power * Principate and Republic: End and Beginning * APPENDICES * Chronological table * Note on the sources and bibliography * Illustrations Acknowledgements * Index
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