The Roman Republic: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | September 18, 2012

byDavid M. Gwynn

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The rise and fall of the Roman Republic occupies a special place in the history of Western civilization. From humble beginnings on the seven hills beside the Tiber, the city of Rome grew to dominate the ancient Mediterranean. Led by her senatorial aristocracy, Republican armies defeatedCarthage and the successor kingdoms of Alexander the Great, and brought the surrounding peoples to east and west into the Roman sphere. Yet the triumph of the Republic was also its tragedy. In this Very Short Introduction, David M. Gwynn provides a fascinating introduction to the history of the Roman Republic and its literary and material sources, bringing to life the culture and society of Republican Rome and its ongoing significance within our modern world.

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The rise and fall of the Roman Republic occupies a special place in the history of Western civilization. From humble beginnings on the seven hills beside the Tiber, the city of Rome grew to dominate the ancient Mediterranean. Led by her senatorial aristocracy, Republican armies defeatedCarthage and the successor kingdoms of Alexander t...

Dr David Gwynn is Lecturer in Ancient and Late Antique History at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the author of several books including The Eusebians: The Polemic of Athanasius of Alexandria and the Construction of the "Arian Controversy" (OUP, 2007).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.07 inPublished:September 18, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199595119

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Introduction1. The mists of the past2. The Republic takes shape3. Men, women, and the gods4. Carthage must be destroyed5. Mistress of the Mediterranean6. The cost of Empire7. Word and image8. The last years9. The afterlife of the RepublicChronologyThe Roman ConstitutionFurther ReadingIndex