- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Thames & Hudson (June 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0500051216
- ISBN-13: 978-0500051214
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 10.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 27 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #955,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Chronicle of the Roman Republic: The Rulers of Ancient Rome From Romulus to Augustus Hardcover – June, 2003
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Philip Matyszak has a doctorate in Roman history from St. John’s College, Oxford, and is the author of numerous books, including the bestselling The Greek and Roman Myths: A Guide to the Classical Stories, as well as Legionary: The Roman Soldier’s (Unofficial) Manual and Ancient Rome on 5 Denarii a Day.
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"Chronicle of the Roman Republic" provides a good starting point for learning about this influential ancient government. But it goes further. Before the time of the Roman Republic looms the time of pre-historic legend. Here history mingles with myth and facts remain hard to substantiate. Blame the Gauls. They sacked the then miniscule city around 387 BC and destroyed most of the records. All that remained were fables speckled with bits of fact. Better than nothing. The book opens in this murky fog in which gods influenced human behavior and lineage. Rome's first rulers, in the time of legend, were Kings, and the book starts with the eponymous fratricidal Romulus. This first section also covers, via text box inserts, the Sabine women, the Palatine, Vestal Virgins, The Twelve Tables, the Etruscans, and the end of the rule of kings during the reign of Tarquin the Proud following the rape of Lucretia and the subsequent uprising lead by Lucius Iunius Brutus. The rest of the book delineates the rulers, or elected Consuls, of the Roman Republic right up to the final Consul, Octavian, who became the Emperor Augustus. Along the way the book covers the general culture of ancient Rome, its enemies including the Gladiator Spartacus, three Punic wars, and the gradual dissolution of the Republic. Around 80 BC Sulla Felix figured out that a strong army could overturn the will of the Roman Senate. He used one to become dictator. Sadly, others followed this example, including the infamous Julius Caesar, with whom the book deals at length. After the section on the Ides of March, the book concludes "History has been kinder to Caesar than he deserves." The final section leads up to the total collapse of the Republic with luminous names such as Brutus, Mark Antony, Cleopatra, Cicero, and Octavian. Civil war, conspiracies, and power struggles changed the 500 year old Republic into an Empire under the absolute rule of an Emperor.
"Chronicle of the Roman Republic" serves as the prequel to "Chronicle of the Roman Emporers," also published by Thames and Hudson. Together they cover the entire reign of Rome, from its founding in the 8th century BC to its demise in 476 AD. Rome often gets a bad rap as a barbaric and morally infantile regime, but it laid many of the foundations for what we now consider "free" societies. The books present the Roman story with accompanying eye-catching graphics, illustrations, and photographs. Throughout, the text remains accessible to newcomers and those just dabbling in Roman history. Ultimately, Rome's story provides an ominous example to modern day democracies. "Rule by the people," no matter how deeply cherished, remains forever vulnerable to power and brute force. Knowing the how and why behind an ancient toppled Republic, as revealed in these excellent volumes, may help prevent history from repeating itself in the present.
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