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1st Edition

From the Gracchi to Nero
A History of Rome 133 BC to AD 68

ISBN 9781032189970
Published November 18, 2021 by Routledge
448 Pages

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Book Description

From the Gracchi to Nero is an outstanding history of the Roman world from 133 BC to 68 AD. Fifty years since publication it is widely hailed as the classic survey of the period, going through many revised and updated editions until H.H. Scullard’s death. It explores the decline and fall of the Roman Republic and the establishment of the Pax Romana under the early Principate. In superbly clear style, Scullard brings vividly to life the Gracchi’s attempts at reform, the rise and fall of Marius and Sulla, Pompey and Caesar, society and culture in the late Roman Republic, the Augustan Principate, Tiberius and Gaius, Claudius and Nero, and economic and social life in the early Empire.

Table of Contents


Foreword to the Routledge Classics edition

1. Rome at the Cross-Roads

2. The Gracchi

3. The Rise and Fall of Marius

4. The Rise and Fall of Sulla

5. The Rise of Pompey

6. Pompey and Caesar

7. The Domination of Caesar

8. The Second Triumvirate

9. Economic and Social Life in Italy and theIXProvinces in the Late Republic

10. Art, Literature and Thought in the Late Republic

11.The Augustan Principate

12. Frontiers and Provinces

13. Tiberius and Gaius

14. Claudius and Nero

15. Economic and Social Life in the Early Empire

16. Art, Literature and Religion in the Julio-Claudian Period.



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H.H. Scullard (1903-1983) taught at King's College London, where he became Professor of Ancient History, from 1935 to 1970. He wrote several books on Roman history, and was the first editor of the Oxford Classical Dictionary.


'Many things made and make From the Gracchi to Nero a great book: The lengthy chronological table in the front is ideal for study. Scullard's presentation is balanced and unprepossessing. The work breathes an air of confident, competent scholarship, and the extensive notes give a veritable snapshot of a great generation of English scholarship on Rome ...'
– John Noël Dillon, University of Exeter, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

Praise for the previous edition:

'Still the best introduction to Roman history.'
– Miriam Griffin, University of Oxford

'The fundamental modern work of reference for teachers, sixth-formers and university students still ... the best and most reliable modern account of the period.'
– Tim Cornell, University of Manchester

'The most balanced, succinct account of the two most turbulent and written-about centuries of Roman history – the single best introduction to that period for students.'
– G.H.R. Horsley, University of New England