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The Storm Before the Storm
- The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic
- By: Mike Duncan
- Narrated by: Mike Duncan
- Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
The Roman Republic was one of the most remarkable achievements in the history of civilization. After its founding in 509 BCE, the Romans refused to allow a single leader to seize control of the state and grab absolute power. The Roman commitment to cooperative government and peaceful transfers of power was unmatched in the history of the ancient world. But by the year 133 BCE, the republican system was unable to cope with the vast empire Rome now ruled.
Another Mike Duncan book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- By Anonymous User on 27-02-2018
Duncan returns to Rome
I've been hoping Duncan returns to his roots following the History of Rome podcast. Duncan rightly argues the Gracchi to Sulla epoch really had already eviscerated the Republic. The theme that the constitutional states fall only after a generational process of tearing chunks out of institutions is an important one. Hopefull Duncan can continue to expand this thesis with future works on Pompey and Cato. This current book is a good reminder that the Caesars did not emerge from a healthy country.