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Mortal republic : how Rome fell into tyranny

Author: Edward Jay Watts; Matt Kugler
Publisher: [New York] : Basic Books, 2018.
Edition/Format:   eAudiobook : English : Unabridged
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A new history of the Roman Republic and its collapseIn Mortal Republic, prize-winning historian Edward J. Watts offers a new history of the fall of the Roman Republic that explains why Rome exchanged freedom for autocracy. For centuries, even as Rome grew into the Mediterranean's premier military and political power, its governing institutions, parliamentary rules, and political customs successfully fostered  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Audiobooks
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History
Material Type: Audio book, etc., Sound recording, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Edward Jay Watts; Matt Kugler
ISBN: 9781549199721 1549199722
OCLC Number: 1062445563
Performer(s): Read by Matt Kugler.
Description: 1 online resource (1 sound file (10 hr., 40 min., 30 sec.))
Responsibility: by Edward J. Watts.

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A new history of the Roman Republic and its collapseIn Mortal Republic, prize-winning historian Edward J. Watts offers a new history of the fall of the Roman Republic that explains why Rome exchanged freedom for autocracy. For centuries, even as Rome grew into the Mediterranean's premier military and political power, its governing institutions, parliamentary rules, and political customs successfully fostered negotiation and compromise. By the 130s BC, however, Rome's leaders increasingly used these same tools to cynically pursue individual gain and obstruct their opponents. As the center decayed and dysfunction grew, arguments between politicians gave way to political violence in the streets. The stage was set for destructive civil wars--and ultimately the imperial reign of Augustus.The death of Rome's Republic was not inevitable. In Mortal Republic, Watts shows it died because it was allowed to, from thousands of small wounds inflicted by Romans who assumed that it would last forever.

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