Mortal Republic by Edward J. Watts

Mortal Republic

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 institutions, parliamentary rules, and political customs successfully fostered negotiation and compromise. By the 130...


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TitleMortal Republic
ISBN9780465093816
Author
Release DateNov 6th, 2018
PublisherBasic Books
LanguageEnglish
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, World History, Politics
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  • Sumit RK
    1970-01-01
    "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 an autocratic Roman Empire. At its peak, Rome was the world’s only democratic power of its time. Its governing institutions, parliamentary rules, and political customs successfully fostered negotiat...
  • Peter Mcloughlin
    1970-01-01
    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 model. To keep from falling into tyranny or dictatorship republics like Rome had many power centers that had checks on each o...
  • Arybo ✨
    1970-01-01
    The past is no Oracle and historians are not prophets, but this does not mean that it is wrong to look to antiquity 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 cent...
  • Mark
    1970-01-01
    This is a interesting book — one with a very relevant message.
  • Shoshana
    1970-01-01
    What a fascinating and timely book this is. This is the history of how the Roman Republic transmuted into an autocracy; going from an austere, honor-driven, consensus based society to an unimaginably wealthy oligarchy which rested on the shoulders of one man. Well-written and beautifully flowing, this is a hard book to put down.Watts describes the early Republic, with its interlocking system of mutual responsibility, where the most sought after g...
  • Anne Morgan
    1970-01-01
    A study of several hundred years of ancient Rome, “Mortal Republic” tries to analyze why it became vulnerable to dictators and eventually fell. I found the writing style largely dry and often too repetitive, reading like a basic history textbook than anything else. As fascinating as the subject should be, this was often more of a slog of recited dates, names, and battles than the political study I was expecting. Watts’ conclusion, that the ...
  • Elentarri
    1970-01-01
    I usually battle to enjoy history books that deal with the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire - they are just too confusing and boring. THIS book is different. I actually enjoyed reading it. The writing is clear and accessible, the subject straightforward, and the relevance of that subject to the current political climate highlighted. Mortal Republic covers the Roman Republic period between 280 BC and 27 BC, when the Roman Senate formally grante...
  • Zack
    1970-01-01
    Mortal Republic is a brief, and highly readable, history of the collapse of the Roman Republic. I'll be honest, I had almost no knowledge or recollection that Rome was a republic, and I only had any familiarity with the Roman Empire; so to be able to read about the republican period of Roman history was surprising and illuminating. Edward J. Watts does an incredible job bringing the historical figures of this period to life and illustrating the s...