The Collapse of Rome

Marius, Sulla & the 1st Civil War (91-70 BC)
Author(s): Gareth Sampson
Original Publish Date: Sep 09, 2013
Product Number: EB00805310
Released: Feb 07, 2020
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781473826854
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books
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The fall and rise of ancient Rome from more than two decades of internal conflict, as its aristocracy took up arms against each other. By the early first century BC, the Roman Republic had already carved itself a massive empire and was easily the most powerful state in the Mediterranean. Roman armies had marched victoriously over enemies far and wide, but the Roman heartland was soon to feel the tramp of armies on campaign as the Republic was convulsed by civil war and rival warlords vied for supremacy, sounding the first death knell of the Republican system. At the center of the conflict was the rivalry between Marius, victor of the Jugurthine and Northern wars, and his former subordinate, Sulla. But, as Gareth Sampson points out in this new analysis, the situation was much more complex than the traditional view portrays it and the scope of the First Civil War both wider and longer. This narrative and analysis of a critical and bloody period in Roman history will make an ideal sequel to the author's Crisis of Rome (and a prequel to his first book, The Defeat of Rome). "A very readable insight into a period of Roman history that is very important but a mystery to most people."—Firetrench