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The Civil Wars (Penguin Classics)

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For the events between 133 and 70 BC he is the only surviving continuous narrative source. The subsequent books vividly describe Catiline's conspiracy, the rise and fall of the First Triumvirate, and Caesar's crossing of the Rubicon, defeat of Pompey and untimely death. The climax comes with the brith of the Second Triumvirate out of anarchy, the terrible purges of Proscriptions which followed and the titanic struggle for world mastery which was only to end with Augustus's defeat of Antony and Cleopatra.

If Appian's Roman History as a whole reveals how an empire was born of the struggle against a series of external enemis, these five books concentrate on an even greater ordeal. Despite the rhetorical flourishes, John Carter suggests in his Introductions, the impressive 'overall conception of the decline of the Roman state into violence, with its sombre highlights and the leitmotif of fate, is neither trivial nor inaccurate.'

Synopsis:

Covering the period from the rise of Tiberius Gracchus in 133 BC to the eve of the Battle of Actium, this book offers a narrative of this crucial phase of Roman history, making the conflict "within" the Roman state to the exclusion of other material and tracing the economic and social factors.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. xxxiv-xxxvi) and index.

About the Author

Appian was born into the privileged Greek upper class of Alexandria, probably about A.D. 95. He rose to high office in his native city, and appears to have practised law at Rome, where he made the aquaintance of Fronto and pleaded in cases before the emperors Hadrian and Antoninus Pius. He composed his Roman History between c. A.D. 145 and 165, at the height of the period which Gibbon called 'the golden age of the Antonines.'

John Carter retired from a Senior Lectureship at Royal Holloway college, University of London, in 1992. He collaborated with Ian Scott-Kilvert on Cassius Dio's The Roman History (1987) for Penguin Classics, and other published work includes a history of Augustus' rise to power, The Battle of Actium (1970), and editions of Suetonius' life of Augustus, Divis Augustus (1982), and of Julius Caesar's own account of his war with Pompey, Civil War (2 vols., 1991 and 1993).

John Carter retired from a Senior Lectureship at Royal Holloway college, University of London, in 1992. He collaborated with Ian Scott-Kilvert on Cassius Dio's The Roman History (1987) for Penguin Classics, and other published work includes a history of Augustus' rise to power, The Battle of Actium (1970), and editions of Suetonius' life of Augustus, Divis Augustus (1982), and of Julius Caesar's own account of his war with Pompey, Civil War (2 vols., 1991 and 1993).

Table of Contents

Translated with an Introduction by John Carter

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Bibliographical Note

Notes on the Translation

Table of Dates

THE CIVIL WARS

Book I

Book II

Book III

Book IV

Book V

Notes

Appendix

Maps:

A. Northern and Central Italy

B. Southern Italy and Sicily

C. Greece and the Aegean Basin

D. Provinces and Kingdoms of the East

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140445091
Translator:
Carter, John
Author:
Appianus
Author:
Appianus, John Carter
Author:
Appian
Author:
Carter, John
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
London ;
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Ancient - Rome
Subject:
Rome
Subject:
Rome History Republic, 265-30 B.C.
Subject:
Rome History 265-30 B.C.
Subject:
Rome History Civil War, 43-31 B.C.
Subject:
World History-Ancient Near East
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Penguin Classics
Series Volume:
90-502
Publication Date:
19961231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
7.70x5.06x.85 in. .81 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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