Mortal Republic: How Rome Fell into Tyranny

Mortal Republic: How Rome Fell into Tyranny

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 pol A new history of the Roman Republic and its collapse In Mortal Republic, prizewinning historian Edward J. Watts o...

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Title:Mortal Republic: How Rome Fell into Tyranny
Author:Edward J. Watts
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Genres:History
ISBN:0465093817
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

Mortal Republic: How Rome Fell into Tyranny Reviews

  • Ran
    Apr 10, 2019
    According to historian Edward J. Watts, a republic is a fragile thing that needs be cared for by its people. His argument herein details the Roman missteps from republic to autocratic empire. Lender: Audible (owned) ...
  • Ruben Vermeeren
    Jan 28, 2019
    The book covers around 300 years of history not the Roman Republic, from the establishment of its dominance in the Mediterranean until the end of the Republic and the start of the empire by Augustus. It is extremely dense in information but reads well and for me filled some important g...
  • Shoshana
    Nov 06, 2018
    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 beautiful...
  • Mark
    Oct 26, 2018
    This is a interesting book ? one with a very relevant message. ...
  • Josh
    Apr 06, 2019
    To me, this was just a worse version of The Storm Before the Storm. If I had not spent time over the last few years learning about this era, I feel like this book would have been bewildering. It spends so little time on each gigantic event that it feels like a cliffs note. I thought it...
  • Bob H
    Mar 14, 2019
    A well-written and concise history of the final centuries of the Roman Republic up till its downfall and the ascension of Augustus. The author is plainly drawing parallels, through his narrative, with the current American republic, one modeled by its Framers, at least in part, on Roman...
  • Oliver Bogler
    Mar 21, 2019
    Very well told history of how the Roman Republic succumbed to erosion by the actions of many, as the social compact changed due to greed, power hunger and crises. Very illuminating for today and a great background to understanding Caesar and Augustus. ...
  • J. Walker
    Apr 05, 2019
    He covers in 200 pages of clear, concise historical presentation, what it took Colleen McCullough 7 books to fictionalize. The 2nd chapter is an essential primer to understand the structure of Roman society; he describes in detail what McCullough leaves the reader to comprehend about s...
  • Joel Wentz
    Mar 21, 2019
    This is a very solid (and very read-able) historical survey of some of the most important chapters in Rome's history. The book starts in the conflict with Hannibal, and traces Rome's slow and steady transition into the empire lead by Augustus around 30 BC. It's a long period of history...
  • Peter Mcloughlin
    Nov 28, 2018
    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 th...
  • Vance J.
    Dec 27, 2018
    ?...the Republic did not need to die. A Republic is not an organism. It has no natural lifespan. It lives or dies solely on the basis of the choices made by those in charge of its custody.? P.280). I?ll call this Watt?s thesis statement. I think he makes a good case that when p...
  • Elentarri
    Jul 11, 2018
    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 su...
  • Rao Kasibhotla
    Feb 07, 2019
    I started reading this because I was looking for parallels between the fabled Roman republic and the modern American version. We hear so much that they are so similar and I learned that, besides some superficial similarities, they are nothing alike. The author's point is that any re...
  • Terry Tucker
    Feb 10, 2019
    In the introduction, the author states that his aim is to help us understand the challenging and occasionally alarming political realities of our world. Later in the first chapter, (kindle location 137) the author states that this book explains why Rome would trade the liberty of polit...
  • Karl
    Dec 31, 2018
    I have this scene playing in my head of some book publisher checking his Twitter in 2018 and declaring ?Books about the fall of republics are hot right now! Get me a Roman historian.? This book promises an analysis and description of the violent end of the Roman Republic, an always...
  • Lauren
    Jan 30, 2019
    Dense, and it takes about 80 pages to stop careening amongst so very many facts and details before it straightens itself out into a more linear narrative, but ultimately - worth it. On the surface it's an oft repetative recount of ambitious men similarly violating good faith in governm...
  • Danilo DiPietro
    Feb 13, 2019
    Well written, well researched cautionary tale about the fall of the Roman Republic. Many lessons that resonate in today?s political climate. ...
  • Sumit RK
    Oct 06, 2018
    "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. A...
  • Matt McCormick
    Jan 13, 2019
    The book is a fine overview of 300-years of Roman history to the end of the Augustinian age. Watts writes well and this chronological description of the Empire was interesting and easily digested. What it lacked, and what I was looking for, was a compelling analysis of the "why". Wh...
  • coolguy2k
    Jan 27, 2019
    Thorough, but dull. I wish the last chapter is what the book was. Heard about this one from Nytimes book review podcast and sounded interesting, but was pretty plain until that last chapter. ...
  • Casey
    Mar 23, 2019
    A good book, providing a history of the decline and eventual fall of the Roman Republic and its rebirth as the Principate. The first few chapters provide a great, but rushed, overview of the workings of the Republic and its initial success. Unlike Mike Duncan?s book on the same topic...
  • Mike Glaser
    Feb 21, 2019
    A very timely book. First, if one takes a long look at the United States and our government, one really needs an understanding of the Roman Republic and how it worked. This book helps starts you on the path to that understanding. It is difficult to draw parallels between Rome at the fa...
  • Arybo ✨
    Nov 03, 2018
    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 ...
  • Anne Morgan
    Oct 21, 2018
    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 a...
  • Bill Melville
    Mar 07, 2019
    The Roman Republic ran for centuries before a series of personality-driven civil wars culminated in August becoming emperor and Romans trading safety and security for autocracy. It's a cautionary tale at a time when democracies around the globe seem more unsteady than ever. A few diffe...
  • Paul
    Jan 23, 2019
    Educational ...
  • H Lee
    Mar 10, 2019
    This is a fascinating history book that moves very fast. Without a doubt, a massive subject matter but the author managed to build this into a fluid story. I got completely swallowed up by different names. I had hard time untangling the web of who-is-who, which is a bad habit of mine. ...
  • Dainius Vaznys
    Mar 14, 2019
    Just right amount of historical details to provide an easy-reading overview of how democracy declined. ...
  • Mattr76
    Feb 22, 2019
    An excellent, fast-paced, narrative of the Roman Republic's demise from the Punic Wars to the deification of the Caesars, this book offers a subtle warning to those who favor self-government: norms are important, and allowing them to be flouted for short-term gain can have grave long-t...
  • Marks54
    Dec 10, 2018
    There is an often repeated saying attributed to Mark Twain but probably apocryphal that ?history doesn?t repeat itself but it does rhyme? - or something like that. The author is a senior history professor at Cal-San Diego who has written an account of the death of the Roman Repub...