The Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic

The Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic

by Mike Duncan


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ISBN-13: 9781610397216
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 10/24/2017
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 38,509
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Mike Duncan is one of the foremost history podcasters in the world. His award winning series The History of Rome chronologically narrated the entire history of the Roman Empire over 189 weekly episodes. Running from 2007-2012, The History of Rome has generated more than 56 million downloads and remains one of the most popular history podcasts on the internet. Duncan has continued this success with his ongoing series Revolutions--which so far has explored the English, American, French, and Haitian Revolutions. Since debuting in September 2013, Revolutions has generated more than 12 million downloads. Thanks to the worldwide popularity of his podcasts, Duncan has led fans on a number of sold-out guided tours of Italy, England, and France to visit historic sites from Ancient Rome to the French Revolution. Duncan also collaborates with illustrator Jason Novak on informative cartoons that humorously explain the historical context for current events. Their work has been featured in the New Yorker, Paris Review, Awl, and Morning News.

Table of Contents

Timeline ix

Map of Roman Italy xv

Map of the Republican Empire xvi

Author's Note xix

Prologue: The Triumph of the Roman Republic 1

1 The Beasts of Italy 17

2 The Stepchildren of Rome 39

3 Daggers in the Forum 59

4 A City for Sale 81

5 The Spoils of Victory 99

6 The Golden Earring 115

7 Marius's Mules 129

8 The Third Founder of Rome 145

9 Italia 161

10 The Ruins of Carthage 185

11 The Spiked Boots 203

12 Civil War 225

13 Dictator For Life 245

Acknowledgments 267

Notes 269

The Ancient Sources 297

Select Modern Sources 303

Index 307

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The Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He makes Roman history feel like a great story
Gilbert_M_Stack More than 1 year ago
As someone who both teaches Roman History in his Western Civilizations class and writes about an analogue of the Roman Republic, this book was an absolute delight to read. Like in Duncan’s excellent podcast, The History of Rome, the narrative is clean and easy to follow, but in Storm Before the Storm Duncan has the time to go into the sort of detail that makes history come to life. If you have any interest in Ancient Rome, drop everything and read this book.