- Series: Routledge Classics
- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (October 22, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0415584884
- ISBN-13: 978-0415584883
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #622,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Gracchi to Nero: A History of Rome 133 BC to AD 68 (Routledge Classics) (Volume 3) 1st Edition
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'Many things made and make From the Gracchi to Nero a great book: The lengthy chronological table in the front is ideal for study. Scullard's presentation is balanced and unprepossessing. The work breathes an air of confident, competent scholarship, and the extensive notes give a veritable snapshot of a great generation of English scholarship on Rome ...'
– John Noël Dillon, University of Exeter, Bryn Mawr Classical Review
Praise for the previous edition:
'Still the best introduction to Roman history.'
– Miriam Griffin, University of Oxford
'The fundamental modern work of reference for teachers, sixth-formers and university students still ... the best and most reliable modern account of the period.'
– Tim Cornell, University of Manchester
'The most balanced, succinct account of the two most turbulent and written-about centuries of Roman history – the single best introduction to that period for students.'
– G.H.R. Horsley, University of New England
About the Author
H.H. Scullard (1903-1983) taught at King's College London, where he became Professor of Ancient History, from 1935 to 1970. He wrote several books on Roman history, and was the first editor of the Oxford Classical Dictionary.
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I found the first section, which talked a lot about latifundia, pretty dry and kind of confusing. I blame my lack of background knowledge rather than any authorial deficiencies. However, the extended discussion of the need for land reform and the marginalization of the peasant farmer (and how this affected the Roman military) does help one to understand the tumultuous years of nearly incessant civil wars which were to follow. After this initial background, I found the bulk of the narrative very engaging and it held my interest with ease.
I only have two issues with this book, one related to content and one related to the digital format. First, I felt like once Scullard powered his way through the Principate of Augustus, he started to run out of steam and seemed to treat the remaining years (from Tiberius to Nero) as something of an afterthought. Second, you can tap the link in the text proper to take you to the endnote, but the corresponding number in the endnote is just plain text and does not function as a link. This is a minor complaint as you can just tap the back button on your device.
After reading Scullard's two surveys, the highest compliment I can give is that I immediately wished he had written a third covering the remaining years of the Empire. I even came up with a title: "From Nero to Zero"! Instead I will have to chop my way through the dense thicket of Gibbon's account of the decline of the Western Empire. That is unless anyone has any recommendations for the twilight period of the Western Empire. I've read Norwich's three volumes on the Eastern Empire, so I really want to find a book (a little less challenging than Gibbon) that covers this gap between 68 AD and 476 AD (or even just 330 AD).
I also have Scullard's "A History of the Roman World 753-146 BC" right next to this volume. The two histories taken together are very useful for a student, for recreational reading, and for brushing up.