The Storm Before the Storm

The Storm Before the Storm

The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic

Book - 2017
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The creator of the award-winning podcast series The History of Rome and Revolutions brings to life the bloody battles, political machinations, and human drama that set the stage for the fall of the Roman Republic. The Roman Republic was one of the most remarkable achievements in the history of civilization. Beginning as a small city-state in central Italy, Rome gradually expanded into a wider world filled with petty tyrants, barbarian chieftains, and despotic kings. Through the centuries, Rome's model of cooperative and participatory government remained remarkably durable and unmatched in the history of the ancient world. In 146 BC, Rome finally emerged as the strongest power in the Mediterranean. But the very success of the Republic proved to be its undoing. The republican system was unable to cope with the vast empire Rome now ruled: rising economic inequality disrupted traditional ways of life, endemic social and ethnic prejudice led to clashes over citizenship and voting rights, and rampant corruption and ruthless ambition sparked violent political clashes that cracked the once indestructible foundations of the Republic. Chronicling the years 146-78 BC, The Storm Before the Storm dives headlong into the first generation to face this treacherous new political environment. Abandoning the ancient principles of their forbearers, men like Marius, Sulla, and the Gracchi brothers set dangerous new precedents that would start the Republic on the road to destruction and provide a stark warning about what can happen to a civilization that has lost its way.
Publisher: New York, NY :, PublicAffairs,, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781610397216
1610397215
Characteristics: xxi, 327 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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cardigramma
Mar 18, 2018

I loved this book! It is very easy to read and it is amazing how much the turmoil then sounds like the present.

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RyMac92
Feb 16, 2018

An absolutely, incredibly entertaining and educational book. If you thought current day American politics or Game of Thrones was compelling then you have another thing coming reading about the history of Ancient Rome. This book read like a suspense novel. So incredibly interesting.

Quickly on the negatives. The author makes quite a few questionable editorials. Any time an author tries to tell me how a historical person felt emotionally I roll my eyes. He does this to dramatize everything, but because the rest of the book is so good I am willing to overlook it. Some areas drag on a bit with mentioning just about every name and date, but it's easy to read past.

I recommend this book to everyone. It has many parallels to issues we face in today's world, although I would say we are no where near the same level of concern. When we start having political opponents murdered on a day-to-day basis then we can worry.

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