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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — From the Gracchi to Nero by H. Scullard's clear and comprehensive narrative covers the period from BC to 69 AD, exploring the decline and fall of the Republic, and the establishment of the Pax Romana under the early Principate.
More than forty years after its first publication this masterful survey remains the standard textbook on the central period of Roman history. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published August 17th by Routledge first published More Details Original Title. Rome Italy. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about From the Gracchi to Nero , please sign up.
Be the first to ask a question about From the Gracchi to Nero. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jun 19, Dayla rated it really liked it Shelves: ancient-history , civil-war , early-republic , history , leadership , politics , senate-congress. I enjoyed reading or maybe more accurate--I enjoyed having read H.
Scullard's masterpiece. Scullard's first publishing of the book was in , and he updated the information and republished in , , , and In fact, what prevented further publishing was Scullard's death in Obvious is the fact that Scullard kept a steady hand at the wheel, and didn't allow "juicy intrigue" into his text--something that Scullard repeatedly says of Suetonius. I thought Scullard's ability t I enjoyed reading or maybe more accurate--I enjoyed having read H.
I thought Scullard's ability to bring together biographies of both people and places. I also appreciated the small details that could only have been gleaned from books often overlooked by other authors of his day, as can be seen by 82 pages of notes following the text. If this book were ever to be republished: I would either translate all of the Latin into English with a footnote to read the original Latin or include both in the text.
In the back is a list of abbreviations; however, I would much rather have found a guide to pronunciation of the Latin: e. Or perhaps, I will look to see if this is already on line somewhere. Apr 09, Lauren Albert rated it really liked it Shelves: history-ancient. Well written and fairly engaging history. Oct 26, Nick rated it really liked it Shelves: history-ancient. High school textbook.
Oct 20, Michael Cayley rated it really liked it Shelves: history. This was a standard A Level textbook when I studied ancient history almost 50 years ago. It is still an excellent and very readable overview of the decades which led to the end of the Roman republic, and of the period of the Julio-Claudian emperors. It covers military, constitutional, political, social, economic, religious and cultural affairs. The emphasis is very much on the male upper classes.
Partly this reflects the sources, but a more modern treatment might have given more attention to wom This was a standard A Level textbook when I studied ancient history almost 50 years ago. Partly this reflects the sources, but a more modern treatment might have given more attention to women and the lives of ordinary people.
May 06, Justin Evans rated it it was amazing Shelves: history-etc. Solid prose, great breadth, impeccable footnoting. This should be the first book for anyone interested in Roman history. It covers the entire history from the onset of civil instability in Republican Rome to the end of Julio Claudian dynasty of the Principate.
Every note-worthy event happened in that period of time was thoroughly covered in this book. From Claudius onwards, the book did run a little dry at the end. However, that probably has more to do with the fact court intrigue just isn't that interesting compared to the political dynamics and This should be the first book for anyone interested in Roman history. However, that probably has more to do with the fact court intrigue just isn't that interesting compared to the political dynamics and military and social struggles in the preceding decades.
Overall, a must-read for anyone who isn't satisfied with watching various documentaries and want to gain a real understanding of ancient Rome. It's a much better bang for the buck than buying individual biographies of famous Romans of that time. Dec 12, Larry rated it really liked it. Make sure your latin is up to date or that you have access to a dictionary.
He occasionally throws in a quote that you'll want to translate. Very good history. Feb 29, Ainsley rated it it was amazing. A magisterial account of this turbulent time in Roman History. The notes keep getting better and better as the editions keep being revised. If you need to quote a heavyweight, Scullard is your man.
Nov 15, Will Everitt rated it really liked it. Caveat: This nerdish and extremely dry book is only for you if you have a complete fascination with Ancient Rome. View 1 comment. May 04, Aidan rated it it was amazing. Albeit comprehensive, his audience is clearly upper-middle class Britain. His analysis of the Gracchi is particularly simplistic and paternalistic. Nevertheless, there's a lot here to digest.
May 12, Peter Harrison rated it liked it Shelves: history. A dated and standard, but nonetheless interesting introduction to basic Roman history through the late Republic, civil wars, and the early Empire. Dec 30, Drew rated it really liked it. This book provides a thorough overview of Rome's transition from Republic to Empire.
In it, Scullard first describes the internal politics, geography, and foreign policy of the Roman Republic at the time of the Gracchi brothers. He goes on to tell the stories of each brother without failing to detail the many other prominent Romans who played roles in the struggles. Scullard follows this same formula throughout the whole book: first he describes the environment, then he tells the stories. As som This book provides a thorough overview of Rome's transition from Republic to Empire.
As someone who was at least vaguely familiar with all the major figures the Gracchi, Marius, Sulla, Pompeii, Crassus, Caesar, then emperors from Augustus to Nero , this book helped me expand on my knowledge to get a more accurate and complete picture of why things played out the way that they did. However, many of the references are academic papers which may be hard to track down for those without access to a university library. Even without examining the sources for myself, I appreciated the comments Scullard makes regarding the reliability of many of the sources, as well as making it clear when there is not a consensus among historians about certain events.
This is especially valuable when working off of ancient sources that may have been influenced by politics i. As valuable as this book was, it is probably not the best introductory text for someone extremely new to Roman history.
If I had not known in general how the story plays out, this book would probably have been too complete and thorough for me to understand. Those who don't recognize the names I listed in the first paragraph would probably do better to find a less academic book that is perhaps smaller in scope.
That said, I think this would make a great book in an undergraduate course about Roman history. Overall, if you are interested in ancient Rome and would like to get a more nuanced and detailed idea about life and politics during the transition from Republic to Empire, this is an excellent book for you. This book is apparently meant for highschool students, but it's less accessible than the Penguin translations of Plutarch's work, contains a lot of untranslated Latin and big chunks that are largely names and dates.
It also jumps around a lot, skipping back and forward to focus on different things.
From the Gracchi to Nero: A History of Rome from 133 BC to AD 68
Reflection on the existing number of histories of Rome might well raise doubt about the desirability of adding to them. But since research does not stand still and its more assured results often take long to reach the handbook, there may be a place for a brief account of this period which lays no claim to originality of interpretation but which attempts to benefit from the work of recent years and to put the reader on the track of some of this for further study. I am conscious of the risks involved in trying to include much in small compass, but present-day production-costs suggest that an author owes a debt of reasonable brevity to both publisher and reader. If some of my younger readers should feel that this book might profitably have been still shorter, I can only assure them that I have tried to be ever mindful of a phrase of Cicero: 'ut brevissime potui'. The purpose of the Notes that I have included is manifold.
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From the Gracchi to Nero: A History of Rome from 133 B.C. to A.D. 68
From the Gracchi to Nero : A History of Rome 133 BC to AD 68
Fifty-two years, five editions , , , , , and more than as many reprints since it first appeared, From the Gracchi to Nero is still praised by some of the greatest contemporary scholars of Roman history, whose laudes are listed on the first page of the front matter of the edition here under review. It is in fact four and a half pages long. Scullard is judicious and learned, yet also unassuming and generally accessible; and, finally, he writes well. Style, after all, abides. Rathbone does not really make good his promise to estimate the impact of From the Gracchi to Nero ; nor is it necessary to do so. It is, unsurprisingly, a traditional history that dwells on the politics and campaigns of Great Men. The advocacy of individual freedom also appears in the condemnation of statist control.