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Book Review: The Cambridge Ancient History, Volume IX: The Roman Republic, 133-44BC
When I expressed curiosity as to the causes of the Roman Civil War, uitlander plucked this off her shelf and said "have a look at this". I certainly feel more informed for having done so: what emerges really is that conflicting points of view had been unsustainable for generations and that time finally ran out on them. The major themes in this volume are the Brothers Gracchus, wars in North Africa and Asia Minor, the Jews, Sulla, Pompey, Caesar, the conquest of Gaul, the Civil War, and Cicero. Quite why anyone would have wanted to run the Republic seems beyond me, as there was a fair chance of being assassinated pretty quickly after getting to the top, or of having one's every move thwarted by a senate mostly allergic to change of any sort.
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