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 institutions, parliamentary rules, and polit...
|Title||:||Mortal Republic: How Rome Fell into Tyranny|
|Number of Pages||:||352 pages|
Mortal Republic: How Rome Fell into Tyranny Reviews
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 reader to draw their own conclusions. In fact, it is hard to figure out who t ...more
The book is a fine overview of 300-years of Roman history to the end of the Augustinian age.
Watts writes well and this chronological description of the Empire was interesting and easily digested. What it lacked, and what I was looking for, was a compelling analysis of the "why". Why did the Republic allow freedom to vanish and autocrats to rule? I think readers will simply infer, based on their own prejudices, the causes. This isn't to say that Watt's doesn't provide some thoughts on the subject ...more