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By Mark Everson Davies, Hilary Swain

ISBN-10: 0415496942

ISBN-13: 9780415496940

Aspects of Roman historical past 82BC–AD14 examines the political and army background of Rome and its empire within the Ciceronian and Augustan a long time. it's an crucial advent to this primary interval of Roman background for all scholars of Roman heritage, from pre-university to undergraduate level.

This is the 1st e-book when you consider that H.H. Scullard’s From the Gracchi to Nero, released generations in the past, to supply a whole introductory account of 1 of the main compelling and important sessions within the historical past of Europe. Aspects of Roman heritage 82BC–AD14:

* brings to existence the nice figures of Pompey, Caesar, Antony, Cleopatra and Augustus, and explores how energy used to be won, used and abused

* covers the lives of ladies and slaves, the working of the empire and the lives of provincials, and faith, tradition and propaganda

* deals either a survey of the most themes and a close narrative during the shut exam of sources

* introduces scholars to the issues of analyzing proof, and is helping increase the data and talents had to extra the research of old history.

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A series of wars between 214 and 146 culminated in the sack of Corinth and the annexation of Macedonia and the rest of Greece. In 168 Rome had also taken control of the area of Illyricum (Croatia and Albania), whose ruler had supported the Macedonians in the war. When Attalus of Pergamum died in 133 and left his kingdom to Rome they established the lucrative province of Asia. Rome had gained an empire and the Romans adapted their existing systems to rule the new provinces, but the promagistrates sent as governors had little supervision and soon the profits of the Empire were lining the pockets of the rich and delivering few 17 ASPECTS OF ROMAN HISTORY, 82 BC– AD 14 benefits to the poor.

Gaius rationalised the system of appointing provincial governors, and won support from the equites by using equestrian juries in the corruption courts and by establishing a system of tax collection in the wealthy province of Asia using equestrian publicani who tendered for the contract. Gaius Gracchus sought and won re-election in 122 but then proposed to extend full citizenship to the Latin allies and Latin status to the socii, the Italian allies. This would have greatly enhanced his personal influence and power but would also have tackled a potentially explosive situation.

Sulla increased this to thirty, so any aspiring politician would have previously served in the army or in the law courts, or in both, before he embarked upon his political career. Every five years two censors were elected. These were usually ex-consuls, or ‘consulars’, who remained in office for eighteen months and took the 13 ASPECTS OF ROMAN HISTORY, 82 BC– AD 14 census of the population but also regulated the senatorial roll and could expel any senators they felt were unsuitable. For times of crisis the Romans had established the emergency office of dictator, the only example of unchecked one-man rule.

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