From the Gracchi to Nero: A History of Rome from 133 BC to AD 68
The standard textbook for the central period of Roman history. Covers the decline and fall of the Republic and the establishment of the Pax Romana under the early Principate.
Paperback, 500 pages
Published August 17th 1982 by Routledge
(first published 1959)
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Jun 09, 2013 Hadrian rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
A reliable overview of the Romans from the history if the early republic to the dictatorial and mercurial early Empire. The reforms of the Gracchi, the Social Wars, Marius and Sulla, the Triumvirates, the Mithraditic Wars, all the emperors through Nero — it's all here. As reliable a synopsis as any. Particular focus on political history, with cultural history being relegated to a few short chapters.
This was a standard A Level textbook when I studied ancient history almost 50 years ago. It is still an excellent and very readable overview of the decades which led to the end of the Roman republic, and of the period of the Julio-Claudian emperors. It covers military, constitutional, political, social, economic, religious and cultural affairs. The emphasis is very much on the male upper classes. Partly this reflects the sources, but a more modern treatment might have given more attention to wom...more
This is a standard text for undergrads for a reason—Scullard's text provides a magisterial overview of two of the most critical centuries of Roman history, and actually helped me to grasp some of the ways in which economics impacted on contemporary political developments. It has to be read with caveats, however: its scholarship is almost three decades old now and has been superseded in several areas. A good starting point, but you'll always have to supplement it.
This was a great first year university book. It contained however too many Latin phrases that were untranslated. I would recommend this book for students writing their first year classics history paper, which is why I purchased it for my son. A decent but not exciting read otherwise.
A quick overview of the Julio-Claudian Emperors and how they came about, it fails in its inability to convey enough detail; a feat which would defeat the purpose of a quick overview. For anyone who is interested in a cursory study of Roman history.