The Storm Before The Storm: The Beginning Of The End Of The Roman Republic by Mike DuncanThe Storm Before The Storm: The Beginning Of The End Of The Roman Republic by Mike Duncan

The Storm Before The Storm: The Beginning Of The End Of The Roman Republic

byMike Duncan

Hardcover | October 24, 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.

Mike Duncan is one of the foremost history podcasters in the world. His award winning series The History of Rome chronologically narrated the entire history of the Roman Empire over 189 weekly episodes. Running from 2007-2012, The History of Rome has generated more than 56 million downloads and remains one of the most popular history p...
Title:The Storm Before The Storm: The Beginning Of The End Of The Roman RepublicFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.75 × 6.5 × 1.25 inPublished:October 24, 2017Publisher:PublicaffairsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1610397215

ISBN - 13:9781610397216

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great read While I originally bought this book for it's insights on Marius, I welcomed the lead up with some background history to truly understand why Marius was such a pivotal figure and how he was able to set the foundation for later Consuls to become as powerful as they did. I would definitely recommend it for both the casual historian and those studying history formally.
Date published: 2018-08-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Unique Read Somewhere above entry-level, but below inaccessible, The Storm Before The Storm is a much-needed examination of why the Roman Republic fell, with very real implications for the modern world. If you know your Consuls from your Senators, your Plebians from your Patricians, and your Carthage from your Rome, then you'll find this book a fascinating read. Mike Duncan is a famed conversational historian. In his podcasts, he breaks down for the average listener the history of Rome and - more recently - the Revolutions of the modern world. Combining his skills in these two fields, the Storm Before the Storm is a fascinating look at how rising inequality led to a breakdown of Roman society, where the rules and laws stopped mattering. Many works have brought the famous Julias Caesar to the public attention, but precious few works have stopped to ask why the checks and balances put in place to stop him from overthrowing the Republic failed. If there is one period in Roman history that parallels modern America, it is this, claims Mike Duncan.
Date published: 2018-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! This is a wonderful look into less traveled areas of history....and although not quite as in-depth in other previously visited perspectives....I appreciated the efforts applied here.
Date published: 2018-05-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It was good I disagree with the previous reviewers. Not sure what the expectations were but the book is quite good, a solid introduction into a less traveled area of history. I knew bits and pieces about this period but the book takes one through details, which are so important since that is where the devil hides. Indeed, it is not a spectacular book but it accomplishes its purpose and I read it without any pain.
Date published: 2018-05-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Dry Read A pretty dry read and some times hard to follow. An okay read if you're looking for some history and a light read.
Date published: 2018-03-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Thought it was pretty good but not spectacular
Date published: 2017-11-06

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