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By Mark Everson Davies, Hilary Swain

Aspects of Roman historical past 82BC–AD14 examines the political and armed forces historical past of Rome and its empire within the Ciceronian and Augustan a while. it's an quintessential advent to this vital interval of Roman heritage for all scholars of Roman background, from pre-university to undergraduate level.

This is the 1st e-book given that H.H. Scullard’s From the Gracchi to Nero, released generations in the past, to provide a whole introductory account of 1 of the main compelling and important classes within the historical past of Europe. Aspects of Roman background 82BC–AD14:

* brings to lifestyles the nice figures of Pompey, Caesar, Antony, Cleopatra and Augustus, and explores how energy used to be won, used and abused

* covers the lives of ladies and slaves, the operating of the empire and the lives of provincials, and faith, tradition and propaganda

* deals either a survey of the most subject matters and a close narrative in the course of the shut exam of sources

* introduces scholars to the issues of studying proof, and is helping advance the data and abilities had to extra the research of historical history.

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This marriage placed the young Pompey at the heart of the optimate, for now the Sullan, political establishment, although Aemilia died shortly afterwards in childbirth. Pompey was only twenty-five and his Triumph was the first to be awarded to an equestrian. The magnificent occasion took place on 12 March 81, although Pompey’s grandiose plan to enter the city on a chariot pulled by four elephants was scuppered when the elephants could not get through the narrow city gates. ) wrote, ‘indeed it would have been nothing wonderful for Pompey to be a senator before he was of age for it; but it was a dazzling honour for him to celebrate a triumph before he was a senator’.

It was particularly difficult for a man to succeed in Roman politics if he came from a family with no acceptable political credentials. A new man, a novus homo, would need important connections and powerful patronage to overcome the disadvantages of his birth and it was unlikely that he would be accepted socially by the senatorial elite. He would also need to demonstrate outstanding ability; both Marius, who excelled in the army, and Cicero, who excelled in the courts, were novi homines, new men.

Marius and Cinna were elected consuls for 86 but Marius died in January, only seventeen days into his unprecedented seventh consulship. Despite the death of Marius, his popularis supporters, the Marians, were determined to continue his fight against the optimates and Cinna was re-elected consul for a third time in 85 with Gnaeus Carbo as his colleague. Sulla’s campaign against Mithridates was drawing to a close by 86 and the Marians hoped to prevent his successful return to Rome. They attempted to undermine him by declaring him an enemy of the Roman people and by sending out a second army with orders to defeat Mithridates and then turn on Sulla, which the soldiers refused to do.

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