The Resource Mortal republic : how Rome fell into tyranny, Edward J. Watts

Mortal republic : how Rome fell into tyranny, Edward J. Watts

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Mortal republic : how Rome fell into tyranny
Title
Mortal republic
Title remainder
how Rome fell into tyranny
Statement of responsibility
Edward J. Watts
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
"In 22 BC, amid a series of natural disasters and political and economic crises, a mob locked Rome's senators into the Senate House and threatened to burn them alive if they did not make Augustus dictator. Why did Rome--to this day one of the world's longest-lived republics--exchange freedom for autocracy? Mortal Republic is a new history of the fall of the Roman Republic that explains why Rome made this trade. Prizewinning historian Edward J. Watts shows how, for centuries, Rome's governing institutions, parliamentary rules, and political customs succeeded in fostering compromise and negotiation. Even amid moments of crisis like Hannibal's invasion of Italy in the 210s BC, Rome's Republic proved remarkably resilient, and it continued to function well as Rome grow into the premier military and political power in the Mediterranean world. By the 130s BC, however, the old ways of government had grown inadequate in managing a massive standing army, regulating trade across the Mediterranean, and deciding what to do with enormous new revenues of money, land, and slaves. In subsequent decades, politicians increasingly misused Rome's consensus-building tools to pursue individual political and personal gain, and to obstruct urgently needed efforts to address growing social and economic inequality. Individuals--and Marius, Caesar and Cato, Augustus and Pompey--made selfish decisions that benefited them personally but irreparably damaged the health of the state. As the political center decayed, political fights evolved from arguments between politicians in representative assembles to violent confrontations between ordinary people in the street, setting the stage for the destructive civil wars of the first century BC--and ultimately for the Republic's end"--
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http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1975-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Watts, Edward Jay
Dewey number
937/.05
Index
index present
LC call number
DG254.2
LC item number
.W38 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Rome
  • Rome
Label
Mortal republic : how Rome fell into tyranny, Edward J. Watts
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Autocratic freedom -- The new world order -- Empire and inequality -- The politics of frustration -- The rise of the outsider -- The republic breaks -- Rebuilding amidst the wreckage -- The republic of the mediocre -- Stumbling towards dictatorship -- The birth and death of Caesar's republic -- The republic of Octavian -- Choosing Augustan liberty
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
vii, 25 pages
Isbn
9780465093816
Lccn
2018018024
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (DLC) 2018018024
  • 1855708
Label
Mortal republic : how Rome fell into tyranny, Edward J. Watts
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Autocratic freedom -- The new world order -- Empire and inequality -- The politics of frustration -- The rise of the outsider -- The republic breaks -- Rebuilding amidst the wreckage -- The republic of the mediocre -- Stumbling towards dictatorship -- The birth and death of Caesar's republic -- The republic of Octavian -- Choosing Augustan liberty
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
vii, 25 pages
Isbn
9780465093816
Lccn
2018018024
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (DLC) 2018018024
  • 1855708

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