The Breakdown of the Roman Republic

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-06-18
  • Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr
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In this book, Christopher Mackay recounts the last century of the Roman Republic in a readable, narrative treatment. Within this narrative he analyses the breakdown of the traditional Republican form of government as a result of the administrative and political crises brought about by the Roman conquest of the Mediterranean basin in the Middle Republic. He also shows how the many reforms instituted by Augustus, which effectively created the new imperial form of government, were a reaction to the failings of the Republic. Illustrated with an extensive collection of coin images that document the changes in contemporary political ideology, this volume also focuses on the political significance of the key personalities, including Marius, Sulla, and Caesar, who played a large role in the events that led to the demise of the Roman Republic.

Table of Contents

Historical background
Tribunate of Ti. Gracchus
Tribunates of C. Gracchus
Numidia, senatorial failures and the rise of C. Marius
Ascendancy of C. Marius
The Italian allies, M. Livius Drusus, and the social war
Sulla, Marius and civil war
Roman territorial expansion before the first Mithridatic war
First Mithridatic war
Sulla's victory in civil war
Sulla's settlement
The 70s B.C.: attacks on the Sullan Regime and the rise of Pompey
Third Mithridatic War, war with the pirates, and the 60s B.C.: Rome in the absence of Pompey
The ascendancy of Pompey
Consulship of Cicero
Consulship of C. Caesar
Caesar in Gaul
Last decade of the free republic
Civil war and Caesar's victory
Caesar's domination and assassination
Turmoil after the ides of March
Struggle of the warlords
Final showdown
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