- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Bristol Classical Press; New edition edition (January 27, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 071562928X
- ISBN-13: 978-0715629284
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #919,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Mary Beard is Professor of Classics, Newnham College, Cambridge and Classics Editor of the Times Literary Supplement.
Michael Crawford is Professor of Ancient History, University College London.
Top customer reviews
I found "Rome in the Late Republic" a very fulfilling read; a restatement of the religious, cultural & political realities & the sometimes conflicting interpretations by later day scholars. I appreciate their decision to make the relevant timeline roughly the 100 years before 49 BC, more inclusive than exclusive of the evidence.
It's much more than an outline but it is short--120 pages with appendix, bibliography, index--though wastes little space in excess wordage distilling the main ideas down to a few paragraphs on each issue.
I also enjoyed two other things; an excellent bibliography/footnotes giving you a guide on what to read next & an updated "New Directions" chapter giving latest in discoveries & scholarship up to 1999. I hope to see a third edition with another hopefully very beefy "New Directions" or a substantial revision incorporating the latest. I think it'd be worth a buy.
However the strength of the Crawford/Beard essay is its ability to pinpoint key areas of ongoing discussion, highlight key points of reference and what to consider. All done in 120 pages that fight above their weight. Like the other reviewer I also hope they manage to bring out a third edition for the benefit of those of us armchair scholars who don't have the time (or the vast coin) required to read all the latest academic studies.
So...a great refresher for anyone who has some passing familiarity with the main themes of the late Roman Republic. I would not recommend it as the sole resource for someone starting their study of the period "cold." For an initial foray into it, see the Scullard's cited above, or even dip into Mary Beard's latest,"SPQR."