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Institutions parliamentary rules and political customs successfully fostered negotiation and compromise By the 130s BC however Rome's leaders increasingly used these same tools to cynically pursue individual gain and obstruct their opponents As the center decayed and dysfunction grew arguments between politicians gave way to. I ve already read two excellent books on this topic Rubicon The Last Years of the Roman Republic by Tom Holland and The Storm Before the Storm The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republicby Mike Duncan So I m treating Mortal Republic as a refresher But if you are reading about this topic for the first time or the first time in a long time I recommend comparing this book with the two books linked belowBut there was a real long term cost Romans paid for the stability of Augustus s empire The Roman Empire of Augustus ensured peace and stability under good emperors and Rome would have many such emperors But it lacked the capacity to prevent cruel or mentally unstable autocrats such as Caligula Nero and Commodus from taking the lives and property of Romans simply because they wanted to do so In moments like those Romans such as Plutarch and Cassius Dio looked back on the Republic with a sort of nostalgia that celebrated a type of liberty that they had collectively lost and which Augustus had ensured could never returnRome s republic then died because it was allowed to Its death was not inevitable It could have been avoided Over the course of a century thousands of average men talented men and middling men all willingly undercut the power of the Republic to restrict and channel the ambitions of the individual doing so in the interest of their own shortsighted gains die When citizens take the health and durability of their republic for granted that republic is at risk Interview with the authorhttpswwwvoxcom20191118139787 The Black Ice Score (Parker, used these same tools to cynically pursue individual gain and obstruct their opponents As the center decayed and dysfunction grew arguments between politicians gave way to. I ve already read two excellent books on this topic Rubicon The Last Years of the Roman Republic by Tom Holland and The Storm Before the Storm The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republicby Mike Duncan So I m treating Mortal Republic as a refresher But if you are reading about this topic for the first time or the first time in a long time I recommend comparing this book with the two books linked belowBut there was a real long term cost Romans paid for the stability of Augustus s empire The Roman Empire of Augustus ensured peace and stability The Black Painting under good emperors and Rome would have many such emperors But it lacked the capacity to prevent cruel or mentally Fire and Desire unstable autocrats such as Caligula Nero and Commodus from taking the lives and property of Romans simply because they wanted to do so In moments like those Romans such as Plutarch and Cassius Dio looked back on the Republic with a sort of nostalgia that celebrated a type of liberty that they had collectively lost and which Augustus had ensured could never returnRome s republic then died because it was allowed to Its death was not inevitable It could have been avoided Over the course of a century thousands of average men talented men and middling men all willingly The Forgotten Memoir of John Knox undercut the power of the Republic to restrict and channel the ambitions of the individual doing so in the interest of their own shortsighted gains die When citizens take the health and durability of their republic for granted that republic is at risk Interview with the authorhttpswwwvoxcom20191118139787

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Mortal Republic

Political violence in the streets The stage was set for destructive civil wars and ultimately the imperial reign of Augustus The death of Rome's Republic was not inevitable In Mortal Republic Watts shows it died because it was allowed to from thousands of small wounds inflicted by Romans who assumed that it would last foreve. Another of WORLD s recommendations Watts gives a succinct well paced play by play of how the Roman Republic gradually deteriorated as power hungry men made wealthy by Rome s conuests stretched the bounds of the law for their personal benefit Eventually the frayed Republic came to be at the mercy of such men and the civil wars fought in the 100s BC were a uestion of who would become tyrant rather than whether the republic could survive The details of that broad timeline are fascinating and Watts does an excellent job at telling the story The only caveat I d give is that the reader needs to have a broad idea of Rome s history as that makes the flow of the book easier to understand and puts events in context

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A new history of the Roman Republic and its collapse In Mortal Republic prizewinning historian Edward J Watts offers a new history of the fall of the Roman Republic that explains why Rome exchanged freedom for autocracy For centuries even as Rome grew into the Mediterranean's premier military and political power its governing. The past is no Oracle and historians are not prophets but this does not mean that it is wrong to look to antiuity for help understanding the present This was intense No republic is eternal It lives only as long as its citizens want it As soon as I finished the book I thought it would be a labor of Hercules to make a comprehensive review especially because the book is exhaustive in itself Romans had avoided political violence for three centuries before a series of political murders rocked the republic in the 130s and 120s BCI will give a speech that in my mind seems coherent enoughFirst fact this book is really well done It has numerous sources has a large bibliography a large number of notes and informations to the textSecond fact while maintaining the chronological order of events the author analyzes them compares them to each other and compares them to the events of the future and the past as to give a true examination of historyThird fact the book is divided into sections chapters which mark the various degrees of transition between the Republic and what will then be called empire It takes into consideration a large number of facts going specifically to each of them studying them with a magnifying glass To do this the author based his work on direct and indirect sources The direct sources as I call them are the commentaries and the things written by the contemporaries to the events The indirect sources however on the other hand are biographies and monographs presented by authors who live in years away from the events It is important to underline that the author always reports when he takes the information from authors who lived a century later or than the events he narratesFourth fact Roman history is always fascinating full of intrigues and struggles Unfortunately it is precisely because of these intrigues and struggles that the Roman republic has fallen The author does an excellent job in studying the causes and conseuences of the actions of politicians commanders and senators Fifth fact The main hypothesis of this book is that the republic has fallen due to numerous exceptions to the idea of the Republic the res publica which means common thing Individualisms have won over the importance of the community and the common good I can only share this visionSixth fact the book takes into consideration a great period of time It speaks in depth of the Punic Wars of the Italic wars of the social and civil wars It speaks of personalities who have entered world history such as Sulla Marius Cicero Ceasar but also Fabritius and Scipio or Crassus Lepidus Brutus Catilina The author has succeeded in not making the whole book seem like a great boring speech indeed it has made the reading interesting and compelling adding facts and historical curiosities or at least shared the ones by ancient historiansSeventh fact as a lover of the period between the first century before Christ and the first century after Christ I can say that this section of the book is really well done Exciting and full of interesting notionsAnd now we come to the only negative think the beginning is slow The whole part of the Punic Wars seemed to me slow and heavy but this may also depend on my singular extraneousness to the facts of that periodEuipped with images and maps this book is even better than the one on which I studied Roman history at university This said by a student from Rome means a lot Congratulations to the author for doing this immense work well orchestrated and well organized engaging and rewarding My brain thanks I would recommend this book in universities and schools precisely for its completeness Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher For sending me a free digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review


10 thoughts on “Mortal Republic

  1. says:

    No Republic is eternal It lives only as long as its citizens want it” In Mortal Republic historian Edward J Watts offers a new history of the fall of the Roman Republic that explains the collapse of democracy in the Republic and the rise of

  2. says:

    This is an interesting overview of the history of the Roman republic It might be useful for a high school or college class However given the l

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    The past is no Oracle and historians are not prophets but this does not mean that it is wrong to look to antiuity for help understanding the present This was intense No republic is eternal It lives only as long as its citizens want it As soon as I finished the book I thought it would be a labor of Hercules to make a comprehensive review espe

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    The founders of the US had the Roman Republic present in their minds as they were constructing the US republic Many of the institutions created outside of the English common law were modeled on political ideals inspired by earlier republics Rome being the most important example of the ancient world was the most important

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    I have this scene playing in my head of some book publisher checking his Twitter in 2018 and declaring “Books about the fall of republics a

  6. says:

    I've already read two excellent books on this topic Rubicon The Last Years of the Roman Republic by Tom Holland and The Storm Before the Storm The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republicby Mike Duncan So I'm t

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    There is an often repeated saying attributed to Mark Twain but probably apocryphal that “history doesn’t repeat itself but it does rhyme” or something like that The author is a senior history professor at Cal San Diego who has written a

  8. says:

    Another of WORLD's recommendations Watts gives a succinct well paced play by play of how the Roman Republic gradually deteriorated as power hungry men made wealthy by Rome's conuests stretched the bounds of the law for their personal benefit Eventually the frayed Republic came to be at the mercy of such men and the civil wars fought in the 100s BC were a uestion of who would become tyrant rather than whether the republic could survive The d

  9. says:

    This is a interesting book — one with a very relevant message

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    Available as a 105 hour audio download If possible get the version with an accompanyingpdf which has helpful maps and picturesThe republic did not need to die A republic is not an organism It has no natural life span It lives or dies soley o

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