Aspects of Roman History 82BC-AD14: A Source-based Approach by Mark Everson Davies, Hilary Swain

By Mark Everson Davies, Hilary Swain

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

This is the 1st ebook on account 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 classes within the background of Europe. Aspects of Roman historical past 82BC–AD14:

* brings to existence the good figures of Pompey, Caesar, Antony, Cleopatra and Augustus, and explores how energy was once won, used and abused

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

* deals either a survey of the most subject matters and a close narrative in the course of the shut exam of sources

* introduces scholars to the issues of examining proof, and is helping enhance the information and talents had to extra the examine of old history.

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Coinage is plentiful for the whole period, and not only in Rome but throughout the Empire. Coinage is very valuable evidence because it is dated and because the coins in themselves are part of history: because of their wide circulation, they often carry propaganda messages. We refer to these a number of times in the book. The same is true, of course, of statues and other works of art, of which much fewer survive. Archaeology has told us a great deal about the city of Rome, but for this period evidence for the rest of Italy and the Empire is scanty.

Macrobius wrote in the fifth century AD an imagined dialogue between scholars, in which many topics are discussed, including the jokes of famous people. Pliny the Elder (died AD 79) wrote some works of history that have not survived, and there is some, not very critically reported, historical information in his Natural History, which contains, he tells us, 20,000 facts. Seneca the Younger (died AD 65) was a believer in Stoic philosophy and a politician, who became tutor to the future emperor Nero and tried in vain to teach him to be an ethical ruler.

They were always in the majority in the late Republican Senate, and determinedly sought to preserve and enhance its power and status. They were a cohesive and often ruthless group. Those senators who had been sympathetic to the aims and methods of the Gracchi became known as the populares. They firmly believed in the power of the Senate, but were open to an enhanced role of the Assembly and tribunes in public life. Some populares were genuine reformers but 20 INTRODUCTION others would use the label popularis for personal advancement and to secure the support of the plebs.

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