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The Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic (udgave 2017)

af Mike Duncan (Forfatter)

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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.… (mere)
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Titel:The Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic
Forfattere:Mike Duncan (Forfatter)
Info:PublicAffairs (2017), Edition: 1st Edition, 352 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:****1/2
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Interesting overview of a period that often gets ignored in favour of later events. ( )
  Robertgreaves | Feb 19, 2021 |
This is a really good summary of the ~150BC to ~40BC era in the Roman Republic -- the penultimate years, before Caesar and the Empire. As someone with a basic familiarity with Roman history, but mostly of the later period, it was great to learn about the major conflicts, people, and changes which allowed Julius Caesar and those who came after him to seize power. Major land reforms, incorporating Italy into Rome, etc. were some of the high points of the period's domestic politics.

The big takeaway is that modern society and politics, at least within the US, are nowhere near the "end of the Republic" level. ( )
  octal | Jan 1, 2021 |
A summary of an oft-overlooked period in Roman history that might be of vital modern importance. Mike Duncan, a history podcaster who chronicled the entire history of the Western Roman Empire and is currently working through a history of the age of revolutions, tells the story of the generations before Caesar, Pompey, Augustus and the rest finally destroyed republican government in ancient Rome. This is a story of escalating inequality, of a nation coming to terms with its conquests and of disintegrating political norms leading to chaos and violence. It is, Duncan notes, the closest possible analogue in ancient Rome to modern-day America, which is clearly not in a stage of autocratic rule but also not in a period of young republicanism. (Aside from raising potential similarities in passing, however, Duncan doesn't do a detailed analysis of how 21st Century America is and isn't similar to late republican Rome. Among the many potential differences include the United State's more professionalized military, higher standard of living and more robust democratic and republican institutions.)

It's a relatively brisk read that stays focused on the political narrative without detouring much into economic or social history (though I'd have appreciated either). My primary objections are quibbles: he largely takes the ancient sources at face value when it comes to quotes (many of which likely fabricated by later chroniclers), troop numbers (consistently inflated) and descriptions of customs and politics (which authors such as Mary Beard convincingly argue often feature misleading projections of Late Republican ways of life back into the past). This book shouldn't be the end of anyone's study of Roman republican history — but it's an excellent beginning. ( )
1 stem dhmontgomery | Dec 13, 2020 |
A nice companion to Colleen McCullough's "Masters of Rome" series. Duncan starts with the end of the Second Punic War and Rome's conquest of Greece (146 BCE) and relates the history of the Roman Republic through 44 BCE. Well, really, he gets to the death of Lucius Cornelius Sulla and then wraps up the rest of the Roman Republic before Augustus within a few pages. Not sure if Duncan was space constrained or just doesn't think that Caesar and Augustus were relevant to the story he was trying to tell. ( )
  sci901 | Sep 18, 2020 |
As a narrative it holds up well, but I left the book wishing there was a bit more theory. What really caused the end of the Roman Republic? Was it the decline of mos maiorum? Was it too much power accumulating in the aristocracy of the senate? These things are mentioned but never really wrapped up into a tight package. I did enjoy the voice and the tone of the book. Many authors writing about ancient history manage to make war, political infighting, and social revolution out to be the driest material, but Mike Duncan makes this story out to be an engaging narrative. Inspires me to finish his podcast, The History of Rome. ( )
  DerekCaelin | May 5, 2020 |
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"Crucial decades in the history of the ancient world vividly rendered."
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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.

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