The Roman Revolution is a profound and unconventional treatment of a great theme - the fall of the Republic and the decline of freedom in Rome between 60 BC and AD 14, and the rise to power of the greatest of the Roman Emperors, Augustus.
The transformation of state and society, the violent transference of power and property, and the establishment of Augustus' rule are presented in an unconventional narrative, which quotes from ancient evidence, refers seldomly to modern authorities, and states controversial opinions quite openly.
The result is a book which is both fresh and compelling.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 592 pages, 6 family trees
- Publisher: Oxford University Press
- Publication Date: 08/08/2002
- Category: Biography: historical, political & military
- ISBN: 9780192803207
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Review by RoaldEuller
Dense, but unbelievably well informed.
Review by jorgearanda
I imagine this treatise on the fall of the Roman Republic is priceless to historians, but it makes for a terrible introduction for the layman --I had to check other sources constantly, as Syme assumes some familiarity with the events he describes and brushes over some critical points.Syme advances the theory that political movements require the formation of strong factions to be successful, and he convincingly describes the factions that held the Caesarian and Augustan regimes together. The last third of his book aims for completeness of description, and as a result loses strength and cohesion.