Swords Against the Senate: The Rise of the Roman Army and the Fall of the Republic review ¸ 100

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D transform turmoil into imperial triumph Julius Caesar In this fast paced fact filled work personal intrigue treachery and occasional moral virtue vie for the reins of power The Roman army once invincible against foreign antagonists becomes a tool for the powerful and government its foe Erik Hildinger has written a fascinating insightful work of histor. Almost done and in general the writing research was solid A bit too heavy in the intricacies of the Roman army organization training lack of maps and the occasional barely related and not going anywhere tangent ancient sources are big on this sort of thing were the things that held it back The first is understandable although not my cup of tea but the last two should have been fixed given that it seems to have been written for a general audience

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Swords Against the Senate The Rise of the Roman Army and the Fall of the RepublicAfter Rome defeated its age old enemy Carthage it was the undisputed ruler of a vast empireYet at the heart of the Roman Republic was a peculiar flaw an uneradicable tension between the aristocracy and the plebians and each regarded themselves as the foundation of Rome's military powerSwords Against the Senate relates how the republic began to come apar. Covers the decay of the Republic under various ambitious men like the Gracchi Brothers and covers the Jugertine war and Marius's changes to the army professionalizing it and making it a dangerous and ultimately deadly force to the Republic Covers the beginnings of the civil war and Sulla's reign of terror over the Senate The beginning of the end for the Republic

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Swords Against the Senate: The Rise of the Roman Army and the Fall of the Republic review ¸ 100 å After Rome defeated its age old enemy Carthage it was the undisputed ruler of a vast empireYet at the heart of the Roman Republic was a peculiar flaw an uneradicable tension between the ariT amid military and political turmoil the smoldering anger of the common people a petty war against a treacherous North African prince an invasion by Germans and an Italian political uprising In the crisis Gaius Marius the people's general rises to despotic power but is eventually replaced by the brutal dictator Sulla who in turn spawns the man who woul. Needs maps for those not familiar with the geography of the Roman world