Roman Revolution

Roman Revolution


By (author) Ronald Syme

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  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks
  • Format: Paperback | 592 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 188mm x 31mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 22 August 2002
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0192803204
  • ISBN 13: 9780192803207
  • Illustrations note: 6 family trees
  • Sales rank: 44,129

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The Roman Revolution is a profound and unconventional treatment of a great theme - the fall of the Republic and the decline of freedom in Rome between 60 BC and AD 14, and the rise to power of the greatest of the Roman Emperors, Augustus. The transformation of state and society, the violent transference of power and property, and the establishment of Augustus' rule are presented in an unconventional narrative, which quotes from ancient evidence, refers seldomly to modern authorities, and states controversial opinions quite openly. The result is a book which is both fresh and compelling.

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Author information

Sir Ronald Syme (1903-1989), one of the most distinguished Roman historians, was Camden Professor of Ancient History at Oxford University. In addition to numerous awards and honors, he collected honorary degrees in eleven countries on five continents.

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This is an absolute classic which is completely informed by Tacitus. It has very mordant take on the way that power works. Fivebooks on The Browser

Table of contents

I. Introduction: Augustus and History ; II. The Roman Oligarchy ; III. The Domination of Pompeius ; IV. Caesar the Dictator ; V. The Caesarian Party ; VI. Caesar's New Senators ; VII. The Consul Antonius ; VIII. Caesar's Heir ; IX. The First March on Rome ; X. The Senior Statesman ; XI. Political Catchwords ; XII. The Senate Against Antonius ; XIII. The Second March on Rome ; XIV. The Proscriptions ; XV. Philippi and Perusia ; XVI. The Predominance of Antonius ; XVII. The Rise of Octavianus ; XVIII. Rome under the Triumvirs ; XIX. Antonius in the East ; XX. Tota Italia ; XXI. Dux ; XXII. Princeps ; XXIII. Crisis in Party and State ; XXIV. The Party of Augustus ; XXV. The Workig of Patronage ; XXVI. The Government ; XXVII. The Cabinet ; XXVIII. The Succession ; XXIX. The National Programme ; XXX. The Organization of Opinion ; XXXI. The Opposition ; XXXII. The Doom of the Nobiles ; XXXIII. Pax et Princeps ; Appendix: The Consuls ; Index ; Genealogical Tables