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Mortal Republic: How Rome Fell Into Tyranny


"In 22 BC, amid a series of natural disasters and political and economic crises, a mob locked Rome's senators into the Senate House and threatened to burn them alive if they did not make Augustus dictator. Why did Rome--to this day one of the world's longest-lived republics--exchange freedom for autocracy? Mortal Republic is a new history of the fall of the Roman Republic that explains why Rome made this trade. Prizewinning historian Edward J. Watts shows how, for centuries, Rome's governing institutions, parliamentary ...

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Mortal Republic: How Rome Fell Into Tyranny
2018, Basic Books

ISBN-13: 9780465093816


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