In this second edition of Arthur Keaveney's classic biography, a fresh generation of students, scholars and readers are introduced to one of the most pivotal figures in the outgoing Roman Empire.
A definitive book in its field, this second edition is a must read. Completely rewritten and updated to include the further discoveries of the last two decades, it challenges traditional views of Sulla as a tyrant and harsh military dictator and instead delivers a compellingly complex portrait of a man obsessed with the belief that he was blessed with divine favour.
Written by a leading authority on the classical world, this lively and entertaining book transports us through Sulla's rise from poverty and obscurity to his dictatorship of Rome, highlighting his dedication and achievements in better ordering the Republic before his decline a generation later.
'Clearly written, does not shy away from controversies, and, above all, presents enough of the original evidence and modern literature to enable enquiring students to go further.' - J.F. Lazenby, JACT
1. The World of Sulla 2. The Early Years: 138-105 BC 3. The Long Road: 104-189 BC 4. Triumph and Disaster: The Year 88 BC 5. Rome's Proconsul: The War with Mithridates 6. Settling Scores: Asia and the Cinnans 7. Rome's First Civil War 8. Sulla Dictator: The Proscriptions 9. Sulla Dictator: The Law and the Land 10. Sulla Dictator: The New Age 11. The Last Years: 79-78 BC 12. Qualis Fuit Sulla? Appendix: Asia in the time of Sulla - Some Problems