Romes Revolution: The Birth of an Empire

Hardcover | May 12, 2015

byRichard Alston

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On March 15th, 44 BC a group of senators stabbed Julius Caesar, the dictator of Rome. By his death, they hoped to restore Rome's Republic. Instead, they unleashed a revolution. By December of that year, Rome was plunged into a violent civil war. Three men - Mark Antony, Lepidus, and Octavian -emerged as leaders of the revolutionary regime, which crushed all opposition over the next decade. In time, Lepidus was removed, Antony and Cleopatra were dispatched, and Octavian stood alone as sole ruler of Rome. He became Augustus, Rome's first emperor, and by the time of his death in AD 14 the500-year-old republic was but a distant memory and one of history's greatest empires had been born. Rome's Revolution provides a riveting narrative history of this tumultuous period of change. In addition to chronicling the drama of aristocratic rivalries, author Richard Alston digs beneath the high politics of Cicero, Caesar, Antony, and Octavian to reveal the experience of the common Romancitizen and soldier. Portraying the revolution as the crisis of a violent society - both among the citizenry and among a ruling class whose legitimacy was dwindling - Rome's Revolution provides new insight into the motivations that drove men to march on their capital city and slaughter theircompatriots. An enthralling story of violent politics, social upheaval, and personal betrayal, Rome's Revolution is a brilliant new history of an epoch which still haunts us today.

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On March 15th, 44 BC a group of senators stabbed Julius Caesar, the dictator of Rome. By his death, they hoped to restore Rome's Republic. Instead, they unleashed a revolution. By December of that year, Rome was plunged into a violent civil war. Three men - Mark Antony, Lepidus, and Octavian -emerged as leaders of the revolutionary reg...

Richard Alston is Professor of Roman History at Royal Holloway, University of London, and the author or editor of over a dozen books on ancient Rome.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:May 12, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199739765

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AcknowledgementsPrefaceThe Historian's ProblemDeath of a DictatorThe Crisis of the RepublicCaesar and PompeyMutina: The Last Battle of the RepublicA Victory Lost: The Defeat of the SenateThe Revolution BeginsDeath in RomeThe Revolution Complete: From Philippi to PerusiaThe Triumviral WarsAntony and Cleopatra: Love and its EnemiesThe Invention of AugustusThe Augustan RepublicAnarchy and PowerThe Imperial OrderThe Conquest of the WorldBuying Rome: Empire, Money, and Power in the Augustan RegimeDeath of an EmperorEpilogue: Tiberius the EmperorBibliographyIndex