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Syme, Ronald - The Roman Revolution - ( Item 121680 )

Published in London by Folio Society. 2009. First Thus. Near Fine Hardback. Spine slightly bumped at the bottom. No inscriptions or bookplates. Fine slipcase. Introduced by G.W. Bowersock. Bound in buckram. Frontispiece and 20 pages of black & white plates. 10 x 6 ins, 576 pages. In January 27 BC, the Saviour of Rome humbly accepted absolute power over the richest provinces of the greatest empire the world had seen. After five civil wars in the course of a single generation, Rome was perishing from its own greatness. From this chaos Octavian, great-nephew of Julius Caesar, last of the dynasts and now Augustus Caesar, emerged victorious to restore the ailing Roman Republic. Freedom had vanished, though few would notice the difference, and the world would now effectively be ruled by a single family. Augustus Ceasar was the first truly modern politician, blessed with an unprecedented ability to balance and manipulate the interests of Rome's shifting coalitions, underpinned by a keen understanding of the value of propaganda. Syme charts the period leading up to his accession, detailing its violence and political chicanery with iconoclastic verve and grim prescience. The Roman Revolution was published in June 1939, against a backdrop of newly risen totalitarian dictatorships in Germany, Italy and Spain. In the rise of Augustus, Syme saw Europe's destiny foreshadowed, adding even further resonance to his masterpiece, which remains one of the greatest studies of Roman history in the English language.

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