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Rivalries that Destroyed the Roman Republic (Hardback)

Ancient History > Rome & the Roman Provinces P&S History

By Jeremiah McCall
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 328
ISBN: 9781526733177
Published: 2nd September 2022


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This is the story of how some Roman aristocrats grew so competitive in their political rivalries that they destroyed their Republic, in the late second to mid-first century BCE. Politics had always been a fractious game at Rome as aristocratic competitors strove to outshine one another in elected offices and honours, all ostensibly in the name of serving the Republic. And for centuries it had worked - or at least worked for these elite and elitist competitors. Enemies were defeated, glory was spread round the ruling class, and the empire of the Republic steadily grew. When rivalries grew too bitter, when aristocrats seemed headed toward excessive power, the oligarchy of the Roman Senate would curb its more competitive members, fostering consensus that allowed the system—the competitive arena for offices and honors, and the domination of the Senate—to continue.

But as Rome came to rule much of the Mediterranean, aristocratic competitions grew too fierce; the prizes for winning were too great. And so, a series of bitter rivalries combined with the social and political pressures of the day to disintegrate the Republic. This is the story of those bitter rivalries from the senatorial debates of Fabius and Scipio, to the censorial purges of Cato; from the murders of Tiberius and Gaius Gracchus, to the ultimate rivalry of Caesar and Pompey. A work of historical investigation, Rivalries that Destroyed the Roman Republic introduces readers not only to the story of the Republic's collapse but the often-scarce and problematic evidence from which the story of these actors and their struggles is woven.

Given the current state of American politics today, reading "Rivalries that Destroyed the Roman Republic" by Jeremiah McCall gives a new currency to that old adage that 'Those who are ignorant of history are doomed to repeat it."

An impressively informative, compelling, and thought-provoking read from first page to last, "Rivalries that Destroyed the Roman Republic" is informatively enhanced for the reader with the inclusion of a Glossary, a listing of ancient authors and available online translations, twenty-eight pages of Notes, a three page Bibliography, and an eight page Index.

Midwest Book Review

The twilight of the Roman Republic is full of very interesting people, strong characters who fighted one against the other to get to power.
It's an interesting read... Well researched and informative.

NetGalley, Anna Maria Giacomasso

About Jeremiah McCall

Jeremiah McCall has a PhD in Ancient History and specializes in the military and political culture and systems of the Roman Republic and Historical Game Studies. He teaches high school history--his calling--at Cincinnati Country Day School in Ohio and is a pioneering advocate of the use of video games as a means for learning history. His previous books on ancient history include: The Cavalry of the Roman Republic (2002); The Sword of Rome (2012), Swords and Cinema (2014), and Clan Fabius, Defenders of Rome (2018), of which the last three were published by Pen & Sword.

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