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A new history of the Roman Republic and its collapse In Mortal Republic prizewinning historian Edward J Watts offers a new history of the fall of the Roman Republic that explains why Rome exchanged freedom for autocracy For centuries even as Rome grew into the Mediterranean's premier military and political power its governing. No Republic is eternal It lives only as long as its citizens want it In Mortal Republic historian Edward J Watts offers a new history of the fall of the Roman Republic that explains the collapse of democracy in the Republic and the rise of an autocratic Roman Empire At its peak Rome was the world s only democratic power of its time Its governing institutions parliamentary rules and political customs successfully fostered negotiation and compromise Rome judged each man s by his merit and service to the roman state as repaid with honor By the 130 BC however Rome s leaders began increasingly pursuing individual gain and obstruct their opponents As the dysfunction grew arguments between politicians gave way to political violence in the streets Roman politics became a zero sum game in which the winner reaped massive rewards and losers often paid with their lives The stage was set for destructive civil wars and ultimately the imperial reign of AugustusThe book offers a highly detailed political history of Rome Mortal Republic covers a period of roughly 300 years From the 280 BC and 27 BC from the victory of Rome in the Second Pyrrhic War to Octavian seizing complete power and marking the end of the Roman Republic This is not a military history but rather the political history of Rome and rulers of that time and detailing the events occurred and how it affected the Republic From the opponents of Tiberius Gracchus who legitimized violence against political opponents to Sulla s using Roman army against it s own citizens to Caesar usurping all power Roman Republic died bit by bit every time a political procedure was misused or political opponents were intimidated The death became inevitable when ordinary citizens either supported or refused to condemn people like Sulla Marius Ceaser and Augustus who destroyed the democratic institutions bit by bit Ultimately the Republic died from thousands of small wounds inflicted by Romans who assumed that it would last forever Unlike most historical books this book aims to educate the readers without overwhelming them with facts dates jargon The writing was excellent and the narration is free flowingBut where the book succeeds the most is that is makes you introspect about the striking similarities between the political situation in the Roman Republic then and the political situation in most democracies now The Roman republic teaches the citizens of its modern descendants the incredible dangers that come along with condoning political obstruction and courting political violence It could not show that when citizens look away as their leaders engage in these corrosive behaviors their republic is in mortal danger Unpunished dysfunction prevents consensus and encourages violence In Rome it eventually led Romans to trade their republic for the security of an autocracy This Is how a republic dies As citizens are were condoning political obstruction and courting political violence Has the political divide now become so wide that we have abandoned all attempts at building a consensus Are we destroying the democracy we cherish by our stubbornness whichever side of the political divide you may be In the end the book leaves you with a grim reminder A Republic is a thing to be cherished and protected If it fails an uncertain and dangerous future awaits on the other side Many thanks to NetGalley and Basic Books and the author for this ARC The Burning The Haunting of Grey Hills zero sum game in which the winner reaped massive rewards and losers often paid with their lives The stage was set for destructive civil wars and ultimately the imperial reign of AugustusThe book offers a highly detailed political history of Rome Mortal Republic covers a period of roughly 300 years From the 280 BC and 27 BC from the victory of Rome in the Second Pyrrhic War to Octavian seizing complete power and marking the end of the Roman Republic This is not a military history but rather the political history of Rome and rulers of that time and detailing the events occurred and how it affected the Republic From the opponents of Tiberius Gracchus who legitimized violence against political opponents to Sulla s using Roman army against it s own citizens to Caesar usurping all power Roman Republic died bit by bit every time a political procedure was misused or political opponents were intimidated The death became inevitable when ordinary citizens either supported or refused to condemn people like Sulla Marius Ceaser and Augustus who destroyed the democratic institutions bit by bit Ultimately the Republic died from thousands of small wounds inflicted by Romans who assumed that it would last forever Unlike most historical books this book aims to educate the readers without overwhelming them with facts dates jargon The writing was excellent and the narration is free flowingBut where the book succeeds the most is that is makes you introspect about the striking similarities between the political situation in the Roman Republic then and the political situation in most democracies now The Roman republic teaches the citizens of its modern descendants the incredible dangers that come along with condoning political obstruction and courting political violence It could not show that when citizens look away as their leaders engage in these corrosive behaviors their republic is in mortal danger Unpunished dysfunction prevents consensus and encourages violence In Rome it eventually led Romans to trade their republic for the security of an autocracy This Is how a republic dies As citizens are were condoning political obstruction and courting political violence Has the political divide now become so wide that we have abandoned all attempts at building a consensus Are we destroying the democracy we cherish by our stubbornness whichever side of the political divide you may be In the end the book leaves you with a grim reminder A Republic is a thing to be cherished and protected If it fails an uncertain and dangerous future awaits on the other side Many thanks to NetGalley and Basic Books and the author for this ARC

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Political violence in the streets The stage was set for destructive civil wars and ultimately the imperial reign of Augustus The death of Rome's Republic was not inevitable In Mortal Republic Watts shows it died because it was allowed to from thousands of small wounds inflicted by Romans who assumed that it would last foreve. This is a interesting book one with a very relevant message

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Institutions parliamentary rules and political customs successfully fostered negotiation and compromise By the 130s BC however Rome's leaders increasingly used these same tools to cynically pursue individual gain and obstruct their opponents As the center decayed and dysfunction grew arguments between politicians gave way to. I ve already read two excellent books on this topic Rubicon The Last Years of the Roman Republic by Tom Holland and The Storm Before the Storm The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republicby Mike Duncan So I m treating Mortal Republic as a refresher But if you are reading about this topic for the first time or the first time in a long time I recommend comparing this book with the two books linked belowBut there was a real long term cost Romans paid for the stability of Augustus s empire The Roman Empire of Augustus ensured peace and stability under good emperors and Rome would have many such emperors But it lacked the capacity to prevent cruel or mentally unstable autocrats such as Caligula Nero and Commodus from taking the lives and property of Romans simply because they wanted to do so In moments like those Romans such as Plutarch and Cassius Dio looked back on the Republic with a sort of nostalgia that celebrated a type of liberty that they had collectively lost and which Augustus had ensured could never returnRome s republic then died because it was allowed to Its death was not inevitable It could have been avoided Over the course of a century thousands of average men talented men and middling men all willingly undercut the power of the Republic to restrict and channel the ambitions of the individual doing so in the interest of their own shortsighted gains die When citizens take the health and durability of their republic for granted that republic is at risk Interview with the authorhttpswwwvoxcom20191118139787


10 thoughts on “Mortal Republic

  1. says:

    No Republic is eternal It lives only as long as its citizens want it” In Mortal Republic historian Edward J Watts offers a new history of the fall of the Roman Republic that explains the collapse of democracy in the Republic and the rise of an autocratic Roman Empire At its peak Rome was the world’s only democratic power of its time Its governing institutions parliamentary rules and political customs succ

  2. says:

    This is an interesting overview of the history of the Roman republic It might be useful for a high school or college class However given the length of the period covered and the brevity of the book there is a lot of detail omitted The introduction to the book led me to believe that there would be some comparisons drawn between the c

  3. says:

    The past is no Oracle and historians are not prophets but this does not mean that it is wrong to look to antiuity for help understanding the present This was intense No republic is eternal It lives only as long as its citizens want it As soon as I finished the book I thought it would be a labor of Hercules to make a comprehensive review especially because the book is exhaustive in itself Romans had avoided poli

  4. says:

    The founders of the US had the Roman Republic present in their minds as they were constructing the US republic Many of the institutions created outside of the English common law were modeled on political ideals inspired by

  5. says:

    I have this scene playing in my head of some book publisher checking his Twitter in 2018 and declaring “Books about the fall of republics are hot right now Get me a Roman historian” This book promises an analysis and description of the violent end of the Roman Republic an always worthy and interesting subject My complaint then is that the author provides little analysis and the description is too high level for the

  6. says:

    I've already read two excellent books on this topic Rubicon The Last Years of the Roman Republic by Tom Holland and The Storm Before the Storm The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republicby Mike Duncan So I'm treating Mortal Republic as a refresher But if you are reading about this topic for the first time or the first time in a

  7. says:

    There is an often repeated saying attributed to Mark Twain but probably apocryphal that “history doesn’t repeat itself but it does rhyme”

  8. says:

    Another of WORLD's recommendations Watts gives a succinct well paced play by play of how the Roman Republic gradually deteriorated as power hungry men made wealthy by Rome's conuests stretched the bounds of the law for their personal benefit Eventually the frayed Republic came to be at the mercy of such men and the civil wars fought in the 100s BC were a uestion of who would become tyrant rather than whether the republic could survive The

  9. says:

    This is a interesting book — one with a very relevant message

  10. says:

    Available as a 105 hour audio download If possible get the version with an accompanyingpdf which has helpful maps and picturesThe republic did n

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