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Aspects of Roman History 82 BC-AD 14 examines the political, social and military history of Rome and its empire in the Ciceronian and Augustan ages. It is an indispensable introduction to this central period of Roman History for all students of ancient history, from pre-university to undergraduate level.

This is the first book since H.H. Scullard's From the Gracchi to Nero, published two generations ago, to offer a full introductory account of one of the most compelling and vital periods in the history of Europe. Aspects of Roman History 82 BC-AD 14:

Brings to life the great figures of Pompey, Caesar, Antony, Cleopatra and Augustus, and explores how power was gained, used and abused.

Covers the lives of women and slaves, the running of the empire and the lives of provincials, religion, culture and propaganda.

Offers both a survey of the main topics and a detailed narrative through the close examination of sources.

Introduces students to the problems of interpreting evidence, and helps develop the knowledge and skills needed to further the study of ancient history.

Written by experienced teachers, Aspects of Roman History 82 BC-AD 14 is an invaluable aid to note-taking, essay preparation and examination revision.

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'This is a book which should be read by all students studying the fall of the Roman republic and the rise of the principate ... This book deserves to take its place alongside From the Gracchi to Nero as a fundamental student text on a crucial period of Roman history.' – Jonathan Eaton, JCT Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415496940
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/21/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 424
  • Product dimensions: 0.62 (w) x 0.92 (h) x 2.40 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations ix

Acknowledgements x

1 Introduction 1

Aims 1

Sources 3

Background 11

2 Sulla and Pompey, 82-79 25

Armies at the gates of Rome 25

The king of the Knights 28

Murder and robbery 30

Dictatorship and reform 33

Did Sulla know his political ABC? 37

Cui bono? The emergence of Marcus Tullius Cicero 40

3 Pompey and Crassus, 78-70 44

The revolt of Lepidus 44

Rebels and a magic fawn 45

The return of the king 50

Spartacus 53

Voices raised in protest: the tribunes stir 55

Holding Rome hostage? 57

The consulship of Crassus and Pompey,70 58

4 The key players, 69-64 62

Getting the job done: the lex Gabinia 62

The revenge of the knights: the lex Manilia 67

Crassus the Censor and the rise of Caesar 72

Storming the citadel 79

5 Cicero, 'the people's consul', 63 86

'Keeping Rome safe and sound': the Catilinarian Conspiracy 86

Examining the evidence 100

6 Friends against the world, 62-59 105

A land fit for a hero 105

The Bona Dea affair 110

The First Triumvirate 115

Watching the skies 122

7 The road to Luca, 58-56 132

'Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world': Clodius, 58 132

Sic transit gloriosus: the exile of Cicero 136

'Inexperienced in this sort of warfare': Pompey and Clodius 139

Breaking up and making up, 57-56 145

8 Disintegration, 55-52 151

The consulship of Pompey and Crassus, 55 151

The road to Carrhae, 53 154

To the Appian Way, 54-53 159

The sole consulship, 52 164

9 The die is cast, 51-48 170

No Surrender, 51-50 170

To the Rubicon 175

From Spain to Pharsalus, April 49-August 48 181

'A dead Man does not bite' 187

10 The Ides of March, 44 190

The Alexandrine War, October 48-June 47 190

'Veni, vidi, vici', June 47-June 46 193

Caesar the reformer, July 46-October 45 197

'Caesar had to suffer Caesar's fate', October 45-15 March 44 201

11 Antony and Octavian, 44-42 208

Burying Caesar 208

The Sudden son 214

Enemy of the state 218

From Philippics to Philippi 222

12 Antony and Cleopatra, 42-30 228

The boy who lived 228

Bestriding the narrow world 231

'A Slight, unmeritable man': three become two 235

The last Pharaoh? 239

The phantom battle 241

Asp and aftermath 246

13 From son of Caesar to Augustus, 30-18 249

The homecoming king? 249

A regular guy: the 'First Settlement' 252

Wars without glory 256

If at first you don't succeed: the 'Second Settlement' 257

The right-hand man 262

Local trouble and glory without a war 265

14 The first family, 18-2 269

Procreation for the nation: fathering the fatherland 269

Augustus the priest 273

Commander-in-chief 275

First among equals: Emperor and Senate 278

Making plans for Gaius: the succession 283

15 Father of the Fatherland, 2-AD 14 290

'How sharper than a serpent's tooth': the Julias versus the Julian laws 290

The red Danube and Hermann the German 297

The stepson also rises 299

16 Society 303

The economy 303

The ring of the lords: senators 305

Knights 308

Common people 310

Et cetera: women, slaves and freedmen 311

17 Religion 315

Traditional cults 315

Immigrant gods 318

Defender of the faith 319

18 Propaganda 324

Pet poets? 324

Architecture and morality 334

19 Urbi: running the city 344

Public spaces 344

Living spaces 349

Fire and water, law and order 350

Bread and circuses 352

20 Orbi: running the empire 356

Wider still and wider 356

Power, corruption and lies 357

Publicans and sinners 363

A question of class 365

Timeline 369

Glossary 378

Bibliography and further reading 388

Index 395

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