Swords Against The Senate: The Rise Of The Roman Army And The Fall Of The Republic

  • Title: Swords Against The Senate: The Rise Of The Roman Army And The Fall Of The Republic
  • Author: Erik Hildinger
  • ISBN: 9780306812798
  • Page: 469
  • Format: Paperback
  • Swords Against The Senate The Rise Of The Roman Army And The Fall Of The Republic In the first century B C Rome was the ruler of a vast empire Yet at the heart of the Republic was a fatal flaw a dangerous hostility between the aristocracy and the plebians each regarding itself as
    In the first century B.C Rome was the ruler of a vast empire Yet at the heart of the Republic was a fatal flaw a dangerous hostility between the aristocracy and the plebians, each regarding itself as the foundation of Rome s military power Turning from their foreign enemies, Romans would soon be fighting Romans.Swords Against the Senate describes the first three decadIn the first century B.C Rome was the ruler of a vast empire Yet at the heart of the Republic was a fatal flaw a dangerous hostility between the aristocracy and the plebians, each regarding itself as the foundation of Rome s military power Turning from their foreign enemies, Romans would soon be fighting Romans.Swords Against the Senate describes the first three decades of Rome s century long civil war that transformed it from a republic to an imperial autocracy, from the Rome of citizen leaders to the Rome of decadent emperor thugs As the republic came apart amid turmoil, Gaius Marius, the people s general, rose to despotic power only to be replaced by the brutal dictator Sulla The Roman army, once invincible against foreign antagonists, became a tool for the powerful, and the Roman Senate its foe.

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    1. Covers the decay of the Republic under various ambitious men like the Gracchi Brothers, and covers the Jugertine war and Marius's changes to the army professionalizing it and making it a dangerous and ultimately deadly force to the Republic. Covers the beginnings of the civil war and Sulla's reign of terror over the Senate. The beginning of the end for the Republic.

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    2. Very excellent look at the events that started the cracking of the Senate and the Republic of Rome. Mainly examines Marius and Sulla, does not go much into Caesar and Pompey etc.

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    3. A good review of the fascinating Gracchi to Caesar period, though perhaps a bit plodding. He has a theory (revisions to the Roman Army necessitated by invasions, etc. altered the precarious political balance in Rome), and supports it well. The rhythm of the book is uneven, delving into detail where available and interesting, then moving quickly through other periods. Mostly this works, but only mostly.Interesting after reading a lot of historical fiction about the period, which is a lot more col [...]

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    4. Hildinger does a good job laying out the political, social, and military situation in Rome from the rise and fall of the Gracchi to the Dictatorship of Sulla. His main source for the account is Plutarch so it gives the average reader interested in Roman history the ability to read this history without reading Plutarch. The only problem I had with the book was the way it ended. Hildinger brings us to Sulla's rise to dictator of Rome and then just stops there. He only briefly mentions the retireme [...]

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    5. A very good history but not a great one is Swords Against the Senate. The author attempted to show the three things that brought down the Roman Republic; dominating and reckless personalities, the army, and the rapid erosion of the Roman constitution. He does this very well with detailed action and excellent citations. He, also, is not afraid to take on Plutarch and other ancient historical writers for depending too much on the memoirs of the characters involved. I certainly recommend reading it [...]

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    6. Almost done and in general the writing / research was solid. A bit too heavy in the intricacies of the Roman army (organization, training), lack of maps, and the occasional barely-related and not-going-anywhere tangent (ancient sources are big on this sort of thing) were the things that held it back. The first is understandable (although not my cup of tea) but the last two should have been fixed given that it seems to have been written for a more general audience.

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    7. I thought this was an excellent book, especially as an addition to any course on Ancient Rome. The book was well-written and informative on a subject that has the tendency to get extremely tedious and fact-heavy. Hildinger was able to pin-point some of the very real issues that brought down the Roman Republic in a more digestible yet intelligent way. I very much wish I had had more of this type of reading to supplement other periods of Ancient Rome.

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    8. I had to read this book for a course on Ancient Rome I'm taking. It's not only informative but is also entertaining and interesting. There is a lot of material about the disastrous rivalry between Marius and Sulla that I didn't know before. I really enjoyed it!

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    9. A good book on a period of Roman history that unfortunately has been forgotten and, in many aspects, overshadowed by the rise of Julius Caesar.

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    10. How the rise of the Roman army caused the fall of the Republic.

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