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Rome's revolution : death of the republic and birth of the empire

Author: Richard Alston
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2015]
Series: Ancient warfare and civilization.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"On March 15th, 44 BC a group of senators stabbed Julius Caesar, the dictator of Rome. By his death, they hoped to restore Rome's Republic. Instead, they unleashed a revolution. By December of that year, Rome was plunged into a violent civil war. Three men--Mark Antony, Lepidus, and Octavian--emerged as leaders of a revolutionary regime, which crushed all opposition. In time, Lepidus was removed, Antony and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: C Julius Caesar; Marcus Antonius, Romeins veldheer; Cleopatra; C Julius Caesar Octavianus Augustus, Romeins keizer
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Alston
ISBN: 9780199739769 0199739765
OCLC Number: 893455438
Description: xv, 385 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.
Contents: The historian's problem: the Augustan Paradox --
Death of a dictator --
The crisis of the republic --
Caesar and Pompey --
Mutina: the last battle of the republic --
A victory lost: the defeat of the senate --
The revolution begins --
Death in Rome --
The triumvirs' victory --
The soldiers' peace --
The triumvirs' wars --
Antony and Cleopatra: love and its enemies --
The invention of Augustus --
The Augustan republic --
Anarchy and power --
The Augustan order --
The imperial monarchy --
Death of an emperor --
Timeline --
Cast of characters --
Bibliography.
Series Title: Ancient warfare and civilization.
Responsibility: Richard Alston.

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A lively, engrossing history of the downfall of the Roman Republic.  Read more...

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this book, written in straightforward, accessible, English, is recommended as a knowledgeable guide to, and with a fresh 'take' on, an enthralling period of Roman history. * Antony Spawforth, Read more...

 
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