The storm before the storm The beginning of the end of the Roman Republic

Michael Duncan

Sound recording - 2017

The Roman Republic was one of the most remarkable achievements in the history of civilization. After its founding in 509 BCE, it grew from an unremarkable Italian city-state to the dominant superpower of the Mediterranean world. The Storm before the Storm tells the story of the beginning of the end of the Roman Republic--the story of the first generation that had to cope with the dangerous new political environment made possible by Rome's unrivaled domination over the known world.

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[New York] : Hachette Book Group [2017]
Physical Description
8 audio discs (approximately 10 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in
Main Author
Michael Duncan (author)
  • Prologue: the triumph of the Roman Republic
  • The beasts of Italy
  • The stepchildren of Rome
  • Daggers in the forum
  • A city for sale
  • The spoils of victory
  • The golden earring
  • Marius's mules
  • The third founder of Rome
  • Italia
  • The ruins of Carthage
  • The spiked boots
  • Civil War
  • Dictator for life.
Review by Publisher Summary 1

The creator of the massively popular, award-winning podcast series The History of Rome brings to life the story of the tumultuous years that set the stage for the fall of the Roman Republic.The Roman Republic was one of the most remarkable achievements in the history of civilization. After its founding in 509 BCE, the Romans refused to allow a single leader to seize control of the state and grab absolute power. The Roman commitment to cooperative government and peaceful transfers of power was unmatched in the history of the ancient world.But by the year 133 BCE, the republican system was unable to cope with the vast empire Rome now ruled. Almost as soon as they had conquered the Mediterranean, Rome became engulfed in violent political conflicts and civil wars that would destroy the Republic less than a century later.Chronicling the years 133-80 BCE, The Storm Before the Storm is a rollicking deep-dive into the bloody battles, political machinations, and human drama that defined a dangerous new political environment--a stark warning for modern readers about what happens to a civilization driven by increasing economic inequality, political polarization, and ruthless ambition.