The Collapse of Rome

Marius, Sulla and the First Civil War

Gareth Sampson

Date Published :
July 2020
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
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8pp b/w, 2 or 3 maps
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Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781526781918

Dimensions : 9.25 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stockPages : 304
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Full of fascinating famous characters from Marius to Sulla and Pompey, this narrates and analyzes a crucial period in Rome's history.

By the early first century BC, the Roman Republic had already carved itself a massive empire and was easily the most powerful state in the Mediterranean. Roman armies had marched victoriously over enemies far and wide, but the Roman heartland was soon to feel the tramp of armies on campaign as the Republic was convulsed by civil war and rival warlords vied for supremacy, sounding the first death knell of the Republican system. At the center of the conflict was the rivalry between Marius, victor of the Jugurthine and Northern wars, and his former subordinate, Sulla. But, as Gareth Sampson points out in this new analysis, the situation was much more complex than the traditional view portrays it and the scope of the First Civil War both wider and longer.

This narrative and analysis of a critical and bloody period in Roman history is an ideal sequel to the author's Crisis of Rome (and a prequel to his first book, The Defeat of Rome).

About The Author

After a successful career in corporate finance, Dr. Gareth Sampson returned to the study of ancient Rome and gained his PhD from the University of Manchester, where he currently teaches ancient history. He has made a detailed study of early Roman political history and in particular the political office of the tribunate of the plebs. He is currently engaged in a study of the power struggles and the civil warfare of the late Republic and its expansionist policies in the east.


"These events were of great important in setting the stage for the final generation of the Republic, and with The Collapse of Rome, Sampson helps throw fresh light on them, making this a valuable read for anyone interested in Roman History."

- The NYMAS Review

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