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A History of the Roman Republic by Klaus Bringmann

A History of the Roman Republic


A History of the Roman Republic by Klaus Bringmann

In this new and authoritative history of the Roman republic, distinguished historian Klaus Bringmann traces the rise of a small city state near the Tiber estuary into a power that controlled the Italian peninsula and created the final Empire of antiquity, an Empire that was to become both the most enduring in the ancient world and to have the most far-reaching consequences for posterity. Whilst this book is chronologically organized, giving the reader a clear sense of the historical progress and dynamics of Roman republican history, it also offers a coherent and authoritative overview of the culture, economics, religion and military might of the Roman empire, presented in an original and stimulating way. Thoroughly referenced and illustrated throughout, with a wealth of primary sources from great Roman writers such as Cicero and Plutarch, A History of the Roman Republic will be essential reading for university students in history and classical studies. It will also appeal to a wider audience of general readers who are interested in the history of the Ancient world and its legacy.


Bringmann's thorough and detailed survey of the Roman Republic will be a welcome resource for those seeking an introduction to the period. Celia Schulz, Yale University In this work, the author has shown himself to be fully conversant with both primary and secondary sources, and has succeeded in presenting a thorough analysis of the rise and fall of the Roman Republic. One particular strength of Bringmann's study is that he frequently challenges the traditional interpretation of various events or policies, thereby preventing his work from being a mere historical narrative. I would certainly recommend this work to anyone interested in the history of the Roman Republic. Christopher Epplett, University of Lethbridge

About the Author

KLAUS BRINGMANN, Professor of Greek and Roman History, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main. Translated by W. J. SMYTH.

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Publication date

17th January 2007


Klaus Bringmann

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Polity Press


368 pages


European history
Ancient history: to c 500 CE



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