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Rome and the Mediterranean 290 to 146 BC

The Imperial Republic

Nathan Rosenstein

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A compelling account of how Rome became supreme power in Europe and the Mediterranean world. The book highlights the significance of Rome's success in the wars against Pyrrhys, Carhage, the Hellenistic kingdoms and in Spain that led to empire, and it shows how the Republic's success in conquering an empire changed the conquerors. It is unusual in focusing on a discrete, vital period in Roman history rather than attempting to cover all of it or even just the Republic.


Series Editor's Preface
1. Introduction
The Aristocracy of the Middle Republic
2. Rome, Pyrrhus, and Carthage
3. The Imperium and the Army
4. Hannibal
5. The Conquest of Gaul, Greece, and Spain
6. The New Brutality
7. The Impact of Imperium
Guide to Further Reading

About the Author

Professor of History, Ohio State University


Nathan Rosenstein's book provides an authoritative and accessible account of the Roman Republic's acquisition of Mediterranean-wide empire, combining a vivid narrative of the wars with searching analysis of political, social and military structures.
- Professor John Rich, University of Nottingham

The scope of the book (290 to 146 BC) is well conceived: it embraces the transformation of the Republic from an Italian power to a Mediterranean superpower, but the examined period is short enough to permit Rosenstein to go into detailed discussions on major events and important controversies that bring tremendous richness to the book...

This is an excellent treatment of the middle Republic written by a leading scholar on the subject. In addition to supplying a clear description and nuanced discussion of the historical period, Rosenstein writes in a lively and engaging style that is easy and enjoyable to read. He is careful to discuss important scholarly debates when relevant or useful, but he handles these in a concise manner that lays out the problem without derailing his main discussion, which is perfect for students and general readers. Furthermore, because Rosenstein frequently pauses his narrative to offer insightful analyses of historical problems, this book will also be of great interest to historians who are already familiar with the history of the Republic. These analytical discussions give the book great depth and explore the complexities of the middle Republic. The book is usefully illustrated with photos and plans, and it concludes with a chronology, a guide to further reading, a bibliography, and an index. On the whole, Rosenstein has produced a very fine book that lays out the middle Republic for a broad audience, and offers experts many insights into Rome's development during this dynamic period.


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