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By Mark Everson Davies, Hilary Swain

Aspects of Roman heritage 82BC–AD14 examines the political and armed forces historical past of Rome and its empire within the Ciceronian and Augustan a while. it's an necessary creation to this significant interval of Roman historical past for all scholars of Roman background, from pre-university to undergraduate level.

This is the 1st publication when you consider that H.H. Scullard’s From the Gracchi to Nero, released generations in the past, to supply a whole introductory account of 1 of the main compelling and very important sessions within the background of Europe. Aspects of Roman heritage 82BC–AD14:

* brings to lifestyles the nice figures of Pompey, Caesar, Antony, Cleopatra and Augustus, and explores how energy used to be won, used and abused

* covers the lives of girls and slaves, the operating of the empire and the lives of provincials, and faith, tradition and propaganda

* bargains either a survey of the most issues and a close narrative in the course of the shut exam of sources

* introduces scholars to the issues of studying facts, and is helping increase the information and abilities had to extra the examine of historic history.

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Murder and robbery While Pompey was away destroying Marian resistance, Rome was enduring yet another period of terror. Sulla had embarked upon a process of proscription which cast a dark shadow over his victory. The massacre of the prisoners in the Villa Publica ‘gave even the dullest Roman to understand that, in the matter of tyranny, there had been an exchange, but not a deliverance’ (Plutarch, Sulla 30). Sulla’s experiences had made him unforgiving and unbending. His political and personal enemies had worked unceasingly to undermine his long and arduous campaign in the East, and he had been forced to fight his way into Rome; his reserves of mercy, if they had ever existed, were severely depleted.

Some letters to political allies and rivals give little away, but many of the letters give us Cicero’s thoughts, without ‘spin’, and with all his changes of mind and heart. Naturally, some are hard to understand because Cicero and his correspondent shared knowledge of something that is obscure to us. The letters tell us about events in Rome and, sometimes, elsewhere, but above all they give us an insight into the life of a Roman politician: the favours done, the friendships and enmities, the dinner parties, and the constant concern with money and property.

Both the Latin and Italian allies fought in separate divisions of the Roman army with their own commanders. The armies of Rome had always been recruited from those who possessed land, as it was believed that a man with a stake in society would be prepared to fight harder to defend it. Rome had depended on peasant farmers, citizens and allies to form the backbone of its army, and there were many long military campaigns during the second century. Rome’s main rival in the western Mediterranean was Carthage, originally a Phoenician colony on the North African coast.

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