By Nathan Rosenstein, Robert Morstein-Marx
This Companion offers an authoritative and up to date evaluate of Roman Republican background because it is presently practiced.
- Highlights contemporary advancements, together with archaeological discoveries, clean techniques to textual resources, and the outlet up of latest components of ancient study
- Retains the drama of the Republic’s upward push and fall
- Emphasizes not only the facts of texts and actual continues to be, but in addition the versions and assumptions that students carry to those artefacts
- Looks on the function performed by means of the actual geography and setting of Italy
- Offers a compact yet special narrative of army and political advancements from the beginning of the Roman Republic via to the loss of life of Julius Caesar
- Discusses present controversies within the field
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A companion to the Roman Republic by Nathan Rosenstein, Robert Morstein-Marx