The Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic by Mike Duncan

The Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic

The Roman Republic was one of the most remarkable achievements in the history of civilization. After its founding in 509 BCE, Rome grew from an unremarkable Italian city-state to the dominant superpower of the Mediterranean world. Through it all, the Romans never allowed a single man to seize control of the state. Every year for four hundred years the annually elected cons...

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The Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic Reviews

  • Mike
    We truly live in an amazing age when someone can go from releasing a podcast about history before people really knew what podcasts were (2007) to getting a book publishing deal on the subject. If you have not been clued into Mike Duncan's amazing Roman History podcast series The History of Rome or h...
  • Margaret Sankey
    This is a solid popular history of the generation and a half before the First Triumvirate--the period from the Gracchi brothers to the death of Sulla, which is usually simplified in popular forms or skipped in order to get to Julius Caesar or Augustus. Instead, this is an easily digestible account o...
  • Andrew
    *4.5 stars*At the time, everyone thought that just one more push for their personal agenda would win the day. Collectively, they ended up pushing the republic over the edge.Oh, I'm sorry. This is Ancient Rome, not modern America. But here is the story of the fall of a republic as it gallops towards ...
  • Hilary Scroggie
    "These echoes could be mere coincidence, of course, but the great Greek biographer Plutarch certainly believed it possible that 'if, on the other hand, there is a limited number of elements from which events are interwoven, the same things must happen many times, being brought to pass by the same ag...
  • Dominic
    The late Roman Republic is one of the most studied and most familiar periods of history. Even the average American - famously ignorant of history - could probably tell you what happened to Julius Caesar or the name of Cleopatra's lover (thanks in no small part to Shakespeare's plays). But there's su...
  • Nic Morgan
    I absolutely loved this book. While it's a great story about the civil war between Marius and Sulla, and the events that lead up to it, it's also presented masterfully as a case study in how the erosion of norms can create irreparable cracks in a political system. As norms and customs that form the ...
  • Aaron Berkowitz
    Wonderful Popular History of an Often Ignored EraThis is a very readable and well done popular history of the first half of the Late Roman Republic, covering the period from the Gracchi to the death of Sulla, roughly 133-78 BC. The fall of the Roman Republic is a well known subject, but this volume ...
  • Michael Burnam-Fink
    Everybody know the story of the Fall of the Roman Republic. Julius Caesar, Mark Antony, Cicero, Cato, Octavian, Brutus, civil war, assassination, the last grasp of liberty, and the foundation of both tyranny and centuries of peace and prosperity. Roman politics are a common metaphor for our own time...
  • Steven Burnap
    There are a ton of works, both fiction and nonfiction, about the fall of the Roman Republic, but very few on this period, leading up to the fall. (The only other one that I can think of that goes into this detail is Colleen McCullough's "First Man in Rome" series, but that's fiction.) Duncan makes t...

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