THE STORM BEFORE THE STORM
The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic

MIKE DUNCAN
272pp 2017 LIST PRICE: £20.99 G391

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In 146 BC, Rome finally emerged as the strongest power in the Mediterranean. But the very success of the Republic proved 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 corruption and ruthless ambition sparked violent political clashes. Chronicling the years 146-78 BC, this book focuses on the first generation to face this treacherous political environment. Abandoning the ancient principles of their forbearers, men like Marius, Sulla and the Gracchi brothers set dangerous precedents that would put the Republic on the road to destruction. The subject’s contemporary relevance drips off every page.