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    DescriptionIn this new primarily narrative history of the final century of the Roman Republic MacKay aims to get beyond the moralistic and personality based reasoning of the ancient sources to evaulate the causes of the failure of the Republican system. MacKay's thesis broadly stated is that the acquisition of empire necessitated the maintenance of a large military, but that the Republic lacked any effective safeguards against generals using this army for their own political ends, resulting the chaotic political violence of the last century of the Republic. The class composition of the army too led to this situation, with the army increasingly based on the landless rural poor, whose interests did not lie with the oligarchic Republican system. There is also a linked look at the changing iconography of Republican coinage, all of which combines to form a lively and persuasive treatment of the subject.


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    Title
    The Breakdown of the Roman Republic
    Subtitle
    From Oligarchy to Empire
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Christopher S. Mackay
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 445
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 228 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 690 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781107657021
    ISBN 10: 1107657024
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25540
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, HBLA, JPF, JPHL
    Abridged Dewey: 930
    LC classification: DE
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    Ingram Subject Code: HS
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA1
    BISAC V2.8: HIS036000
    Libri: I-HS
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    BIC subject category V2: WCF
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDH
    DC22: 973.05
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDH
    DC23: 937.04
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Illustrations note
    b/w pls
    Publisher
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    18 June 2012
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    Author Information
    Christopher S. Mackay is a professor in the Department of History and Classics at the University of Alberta.
    Review quote
    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
    Table of contents
    Introduction; 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.