Aspects of Roman History 82BC–AD14

A Source-based Approach

By Mark Everson Davies, Hilary Swain

© 2010 – Routledge

428 pages | 30 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

Aspects of Roman History 82BC–AD14 examines the political and military history of Rome and its empire in the Ciceronian and Augustan ages. It is an indispensable introduction to this central period of Roman History for all students of Roman history, from pre-university to undergraduate level.

This is the first book since H.H. Scullard’s From the Gracchi to Nero, published two generations ago, to offer a full introductory account of one of the most compelling and vital periods in the history of Europe. Aspects of Roman History 82BC–AD14:

  • brings to life the great figures of Pompey, Caesar, Antony, Cleopatra and Augustus, and explores how power was gained, used and abused
  • covers the lives of women and slaves, the running of the empire and the lives of provincials, and religion, culture and propaganda
  • offers both a survey of the main topics and a detailed narrative through the close examination of sources
  • introduces students to the problems of interpreting evidence, and helps develop the knowledge and skills needed to further the study of ancient history.


'This is a book which should be read by all students studying the fall of the Roman republic and the rise of the principate … This book deserves to take its place alongside From the Gracchi to Neroas a fundamental student text on a crucial period of Roman history.' – Jonathan Eaton, JCT Review

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Sulla and Pompey, 82-79 3. Pompey and Crassus, 78-70 4. The Key Players, 69-64 5. Cicero, ‘The People’s Consul’, 63 6. Friends against the World, 62-59 7. The Road to Luca, 58-56 8. Disintegration, 55-52 9. The Die is Cast, 51-48 10. The Ides of March 11. Antony and Octavian, 44-42 12. Antony and Cleopatra, 42-30 13. From Son of Caesar to Augustus, 30-18 14. The First Family, 18-2 15. Father of the Fatherland, 2-AD 14 16. Society 17. Religion 18. Propaganda 19. Urbi: running the City 20. Orbi: running the Empire Glossary

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Aspects of Classical Civilization

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Ancient / General
HISTORY / Ancient / Rome