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Chronicle of the Roman Republic: The Rulers of Ancient Rome from Romulus to Augustus

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The Roman Republic was one of the most civilized societies in the ancient world, ruled by elected officials whose power was checked by a constitution so well crafted that it inspired the founding fathers of the United States of America. Here Philip Matyszak describes fifty-seven of the foremost Romans of the Republic, spanning the centuries from its birth to its bloody dea ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published June 17th 2003 by Thames Hudson (first published 2003)
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Mar 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
It is difficult to imagine that Rome was once a backwater of the ancient world. Centuries later, the Romans ruled the world, but before the famous emperors there were the legendary republicans and they are the stars of this book. Starting with the cloudy beginning (Romulus or a bunch of guys who sat on a hill or Aeneas fleeing Troy) until the rise of Octavius, every leader of the Roman Republic is provided with a fleshed-out bio along with a ton of maps and paintings and photos of sculptures. Bravo.

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This is a desert of textbook dryness presented in a glossy wrapping. While this works ok as a reference book to the different rulers of the Roman Republic, simply sticking to a presentation in strict chronological order the way it is done here breaks up and disrupts the flow of the historical narrative in a very unnecessary, and unfortunate, way. Because the timelines of so many of these biographies overlap, the chronology doesn't quite work out, and the result is a chronicle that tends to obscu ...more
Dec 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a very good quick reference book for those who do not want to wade through huge blocks of history text to get to the stuff you need or are interested in.

The history of the Roman Republic is made through its people and this book goes about telling roman history through it's consuls and other notables. It has interesting side panels and information bars for explanations of roman traditions, sites and events.

It is very nicely illustrated with both drawings and photographs of people (their
May 06, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: history
Good intro book. It really brushes over the history rather quickly. But some of the illustrations and side explanations are helpful and interesting.
May 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Good introduction to early Rome. Doesn't go into too much detail since it covers the whole lifespan of the Republic.
Joshua Jacobs
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Dwells on mythical stories a little too much without clarifying that this is all they are; given that it is intended at least in part for laymen in history, it would have been good if Matyszak had done this. Nevertheless it makes up for this with an encyclopaedic and amazing overview over early Roman history, with information for every consul and detailed diagrams explaining the Republic's political structure, etc.
Dang Pham
The author made a very good effort to cover the long history of Rome in the Republic, with the ups and downs and bunch of related information. I bought this book in Rome as soon as I visited Colosseum and Vatican. However, if you seriously look for more and in-depth info, look elsewhere.
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
As with the history of the Pharaohs, a GREAT primer on the republic. A nother must-read is the follow-up book, Chronicle of the Roman Emperors.
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
I just finished it for the same week and i really enjoyed it. I loved how at first the story lines didn't seem to have anything to do with each other but slowly details were revealed to show how they are all connected.
Dave Heisley
Sep 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Most Rome history's deal with Imperial Rome, so I was pleased when a friend loaned me this book, which covers all the rulers of Rome from the mythical to Caesar Augustus. The late republic period is the one that so closely resembles the US story that it is scary, and it was really the period where Rome's power and wealth grew the most. I believe the empire pretty much "rested on the laurels" of the republic.

The material covered was reasonably thorough, but succinct, so each ruler would cover 1-
Jun 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Feb 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
It's rare to find a book that manages to be fun to read, informative and can still be a coffee table book. Very solid, enjoyable easy to read book that also can serve as a quick reference for all thing Roman Republican. Too often works concentrate on the fall of the Republic without looking past Caesar for it's root causes. This book can explain why Caesar seemed inevitable in a few well-illustrated pages. It's a pleasure to own and one I was genuinely excited to pull out of a box after a move.
Interesting reference book on the Roman Republic. We didn't finish it, because we decided to move on as we had covered quite a bit and then felt we wanted to get back to some more non-fiction that was more readable for our family reading time, as opposed to reference reading. It was cool to note how many modern customs had their roots in the Roman civilization, and also for how sophisticated the culture was, I was really surprised by how many important occurrences were influenced by "reading sig ...more
Oct 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Skip poring over dozens of texts to find out who was who before the Roman Republic became the Roman Empire, and just pick this up instead. In many ways, the Republic and its history was far more interesting than in later times when Rome ruled the western world, and these colourful characters prove it.
Apr 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: português, história
Este tem sido o livro que mais gostei de esta serie. Gostei muito porque o autor teve o cuidado de explicar algumas expressões e palavras utilizadas hoje en dia e que tem a sua origem na história da republica romana. Novamente gostei da organização do livro e das imagens que acompanham o texto.
Jan 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
A bit too glossy at times, with a couple or errors, but a good, well written and well illustrated introduction to the eras of the Roman kingdom and republic. Well worth a look to a beginner.
Adam Di Filippe
Dec 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history, antiquity
The timeline that is incorporated into the text is extremely helpful. Although like most historical texts (with a large span) it was a little dry in parts.
Aug 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Before the empire there was the republic. The world was changed forever.
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Philip Matyszak is a British non-fiction author, primarily of historical works relating to ancient Rome. Matyszak has a doctorate in Roman history from St John's College, Oxford. In addition to being a professional author, he also teaches ancient history for Madingley Hall Institute of Continuing Education, Cambridge University.