Ancient Rome History
The Ruin of the Roman Empire
Paperback ISBN: 0060787414
An analysis of the fall of the Roman empire evaluates the circumstances that were key factors, challenging popular beliefs about "barbarian" activities while seeking to place responsibility on the hapless ways in which Rome's last emperors tried to restore and preserve their civilization. Reprint.25,000 first printing.
The Last Years Of The Roman Republic
Paperback ISBN: 1400078970
A suspenseful popular history of the fall of the Roman Republic traces the events and generation that marked the final century B.C., discussing such topics as the drama-spurred personality of Julius Caesar, the rise of Alexandria, the rule of Augustus, and the contributions of such figures as Caesar, Cleopatra, and Brutus. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.
The Storm Before the Storm
The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic
Paperback ISBN: 1541724038
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 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.
Storming the Heavens
Soldiers, Emperors, and Civilians in the Roman Empire
Hardcover ISBN: 081333523x
Illuminates an often overlooked incident within the Roman empire, shining light on a period in the late third century B.C. that saw the rise of social turmoil and terror perpetrated by the Roman army.