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The Breakdown of the Roman Republic
From Oligarchy to Empire


  • Date Published: September 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107657021

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  • In this book, Christopher S. Mackay recounts the last century of the Roman Republic in a readable narrative treatment. Within this narrative he analyzes 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.

    • Provides a sophisticated analysis of events in the last century of the Roman Republic
    • Includes accessible discussion of the latest academic thinking, avoiding complex technical details
    • Illustrated with an extensive collection of coin images providing a visually striking sense of the changes in Roman attitudes towards their leadership
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    Review of the hardback: 'Christopher S. Mackay has written an exemplary and noteworthy account of the late Roman Republic's transition from oligarchy to empire ... a popular masterpiece that will please all but the most ardent admirers of Cicero and the most diehard of populares. His work deserves a place [in] every university and public library collection. Bravo.' Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107657021
    • length: 502 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 152 x 30 mm
    • weight: 0.68kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Historical background
    2. Tribunate of Ti. Gracchus
    3. Tribunates of C. Gracchus
    4. Numidia, senatorial failures, and the rise of C. Marius
    5. Ascendancy of C. Marius
    6. The Italian allies, M. Livius Drusus, and the social war
    7. Sulla, Marius, and civil war
    8. Roman territorial expansion before the First Mithridatic War
    9. First Mithridatic War
    10. Sulla's victory in civil war
    11. Sulla's settlement
    12. The 70s BC: attacks on the Sullan regime and the rise of Pompey
    13. Third Mithridatic War, war with the pirates, and the ascendancy of Pompey
    14. The 60s BC: Rome in the absence of Pompey
    15. Consulship of Cicero
    16. Consulship of C. Caesar
    17. Caesar in Gaul
    18. Last decade of the free Republic
    19. Civil war and Caesar's victory
    20. Caesar's domination and assassination
    21. Turmoil after the Ides of March
    22. Struggle of the warlords
    23. Final showdown
    24. The Augustan settlement and the 'restored' republic.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • The Roman Empire
    • The Roman Republic
  • Author

    Christopher S. Mackay, University of Alberta
    Christopher S. Mackay is a professor in the Department of History and Classics at the University of Alberta.

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