Swords against the Senate
The Rise of the Roman Army and the Fall of the Republic
By (author) Erik Hildinger
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Swords against the Senate by Erik Hildinger
Book DescriptionIn the first century B.C., Rome was the ruler of a vast empire. Yet at the heart of the Republic was a fatal flaw: a dangerous hostility between the aristocracy and the plebians, each regarding itself as the foundation of Rome's military power. Turning from their foreign enemies, Romans would soon be fighting Romans.Swords Against the Senate describes the first three decades of Rome's century-long civil war that transformed it from a republic to an imperial autocracy, from the Rome of citizen leaders to the Rome of decadent emperor thugs. As the republic came apart amid turmoil, Gaius Marius, the "people's general," rose to despotic power only to be replaced by the brutal dictator Sulla. The Roman army, once invincible against foreign antagonists, became a tool for the powerful, and the Roman Senate its foe.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780306812798
(229mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Da Capo Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 23-Oct-2003
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - Erik Hildinger
Erik Hildinger has written on ancient and medieval military history for a number of publications. He was a practicing lawyer for many years and now teaches at the University of Michigan. He lives in Ann Arbor.
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