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The creator of the award-winning podcast series The History of Rome and Revolutions brings to life the bloody battles, political machinations, and human drama that set the stage for the fall of the Roman Republic.
The Roman Republic was one of the most remarkable achievements in the history of civilization. Beginning as a small city-state in central Italy, Rome gradually expanded into a wider world filled with petty tyrants, barbarian chieftains, and despotic kings. Through the centuries, Rome's model of cooperative and participatory government remained remarkably durable and unmatched in the history of the ancient world.
In 146 BC, Rome finally emerged as the strongest power in the Mediterranean. But the very success of the Republic proved to be its undoing. The republican system was unable to cope with the vast empire Rome now ruled: rising economic inequality disrupted traditional ways of life, endemic social and ethnic prejudice led to clashes over citizenship and voting rights, and rampant corruption and ruthless ambition sparked violent political clashes that cracked the once indestructible foundations of the Republic.
Chronicling the years 146-78 BC, The Storm Before the Storm dives headlong into the first generation to face this treacherous new political environment. Abandoning the ancient principles of their forbearers, men like Marius, Sulla, and the Gracchi brothers set dangerous new precedents that would start the Republic on the road to destruction and provide a stark warning about what can happen to a civilization that has lost its way.
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Happy to support an author who has so impacted my education of the ancient world. His work is among the best and should be required reading. Well done. We all appreciate your hard work.
Rich, wonderful history
History isn't borning and Mike Duncan proves it. If you haven't listened to The History of Rome or Revolutions, you really should. He's got a great, clear voice; the narration moves along at a snappy pace; and he has a slick sense of humor. And he's not afriad to occasionally faceplant with his facts or pronunciations. It's like listening to your best friend tell you stories about the world. I've listened to TOR about seven times now, and am relisteing to Revolutions.
This is an extension of The History of Rome and does another remarkable job bringing pre-Julius Caesar Rome to life. As you listen it's fascinating to draw parallels to moder times. It's not about dry facts, but the lives of flesh and blood people. Well worth the time and money.
Great buy for any THoR fans or anyone interested in the root causes of the fall of the republic.