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The Roman Republic: A Very Short Introduction

David M. Gwynn

August 2012

ISBN: 9780199595112

168 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Here, David Gwynn reflects on the remarkable legacy of the Roman Republic. The rise and fall of the Republic holds a special place in the history of Western civilization; it has been presented as a model, a source of inspiration, but also a warning. Placing the events in their wider context, he provides a fascinating history of culture and society.

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Here, David Gwynn reflects on the remarkable legacy of the Roman Republic. The rise and fall of the Republic holds a special place in the history of Western civilization; it has been presented as a model, a source of inspiration, but also a warning. Placing the events in their wider context, he provides a fascinating history of culture and society.

  • Explores the social and cultural aspects of the Republic, as well as its modern-day resonance and legacy in literature and in film
  • Looks at the origins of Rome and the vivid Roman legends that surround the foundations of the city
  • Considers the political structure of the Republic, including its unique constitution
  • Reflects on the Roman values and beliefs of the time, in order to better understand the Republic's dramatic rise and fall
  • Traces the legacy of the Republic through the Empire and the early Christian Church to the Renaissance and the eighteenth-century Revolutions in the United States and France
  • Part of the best-selling Very Short Introductions series - over five million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

David M. Gwynn, Lecturer in Ancient and Late Antique History, Royal Holloway, University of London

Dr David Gwynn is Lecturer in Ancient and Late Antique History at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the author of several books including The Eusebians: The Polemic of Athanasius of Alexandria and the Construction of the "Arian Controversy" (OUP, 2007).

Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1:The mists of the past
    2:The Republic takes shape
    3:Men, women, and the gods
    4:Carthage must be destroyed
    5:Mistress of the Mediterranean
    6:The cost of Empire
    7:Word and image
    8:The last years
    9:The afterlife of the Republic
    Chronology
    The Roman Constitution
    Further Reading
    Index