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Swords Against The Senate : The Rise Of The Roman Army And The Fall Of The Republic - Erik Hildinger

Swords Against The Senate

The Rise Of The Roman Army And The Fall Of The Republic

Paperback Published: 1st November 2003
ISBN: 9780306812798
Number Of Pages: 256

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Personal intrigue, treachery, and occasional moral virtue vie in ancient Rome-undisputed ruler of the world, but fatally unable to control its own citizens or army. In the first century B.C., Rome was the ruler of a vast empire. Yet at the heart of the Republic was a fatal flaw: a dangerous hostility between the aristocracy and the plebians, each regarding itself as the foundation of Rome's military power. Turning from their foreign enemies, Romans would soon be fighting Romans.Swords Against the Senate describes the first three decades of Rome's century-long civil war that transformed it from a republic to an imperial autocracy, from the Rome of citizen leaders to the Rome of decadent emperor thugs. As the republic came apart amid turmoil, Gaius Marius, the "people's general," rose to despotic power only to be replaced by the brutal dictator Sulla. The Roman army, once invincible against foreign antagonists, became a tool for the powerful, and the Roman Senate its foe.

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"A gripping treatment of one of history's great tragedies."

An Unlikely Revolutionaryp. 1
The Armyp. 19
Fissures Showp. 35
The Breach Widensp. 45
The Jugurthine Warp. 59
The Jugurthine War Continuesp. 81
Marius and Jugurthap. 97
Trouble in the Northp. 111
The Northern Campaignp. 125
After the Warsp. 141
The Italian Warp. 155
Civil Warp. 167
Sulla, Marius and Mithridatesp. 181
The Returnp. 201
Epiloguep. 211
Notesp. 213
Bibliographyp. 225
Indexp. 229
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ISBN: 9780306812798
ISBN-10: 0306812797
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st November 2003
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.22 x 15.19  x 1.65
Weight (kg): 0.38
Edition Number: 1