Pompey the Great: A Political Biography

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This book presents a detailed study of the political career of one of the most important figures in the history of Rome. The original book, published in 1979, offered the first full account of Pompeius in English and the first in any language for over a quarter of a century. Now available in a second edition, the book has been updated in the light of recent scholarly work. It also includes a substantial new introduction which describes events from the Gracchi to Sulla, providing the essential background to the ...
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Overview

This book presents a detailed study of the political career of one of the most important figures in the history of Rome. The original book, published in 1979, offered the first full account of Pompeius in English and the first in any language for over a quarter of a century. Now available in a second edition, the book has been updated in the light of recent scholarly work. It also includes a substantial new introduction which describes events from the Gracchi to Sulla, providing the essential background to the study of Pompeius.
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"Displays a high degree of expertise and professional competence . . . an important contribution to the understanding of the late Republic and a valuable tool for future researchers." History

"An authoritative volume which is likely for many years to remain essential reading for students of the Late Republic. . . highly recommended." Greece and Rome

"The new edition makes this volume one of the most ready references on this subject in English, and the chronological table and the glossary are exemplary for a biography on a Roman topic. Seager's work has stood the test of time and will continue to do so." Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631227205
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Series: Blackwell Ancient Lives Series , #10
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Meet the Author

Robin Seager is Reader in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Liverpool. He has previously lectured at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and was a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of New England, Armidale and Langford Eminent Scholar Chair at Florida State University. His previous books include Tiberius (1972) and Ammianus Marcellinus, Seven Studies in His Language and Thought (1986).

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Table of Contents

Preface
Preface to the First Edition
Abbreviations
Map 1: Italy in the late Republic
Map 2: Latium
Map 3: Spain in the Time of Pompeius and Caesar
Map 4: Asia Minor
Map 5: The East
Introduction: The Historical Background - from the Gracchi to Sulla 1
1 Cn. Pompeius Strabo 20
2 Pompeius, Cinna and Sulla 25
3 The Rise to the Consulship 30
4 The Commands against the Pirates and Mithradates 40
5 Pompeius in the East 53
6 Rome in the Absence of Pompeius 63
7 The Return of Pompeius 75
8 The Consulship of Caesar 86
9 The Exile of Cicero 101
10 The Conference of Luca 110
11 The Second Consulship and the Growth of Anarchy 120
12 The Third Consulship and the Approach of Civil War 133
13 The Civil War 152
14 Conclusion 159
Afterword 173
App. 1 Chronological Table 184
App. 2 The Chronology of Caesar's Legislation in 59 189
App. 3 The Terminal Date of Caesar's Gallic Command 191
Notes 194
Glossary 247
Select Bibliography 252
Index 260
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