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Gracchi, Marius and Sulla

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Gracchi, Marius and Sulla by A. H. Beesly is a well-researched and informative book that delves into the fascinating lives of three influential figures in Ancient Roman history. Beesly skillfully provides a detailed analysis of the political careers and social impact of the Gracchi brothers, Gaius Marius, and Lucius Cornelius Sulla.

The book offers valuable insights into the turbulent political landscape of the late Roman Republic, shedding light on the power struggles, social reforms, and military conquests that shaped the era. Beesly's writing is clear and engaging, making complex historical events accessible to readers with a range of backgrounds in ancient history.

Overall, Gracchi, Marius and Sulla is a compelling read for anyone interested in Roman history or political intrigue. Beesly's thorough research and thoughtful analysis bring these historical figures to life, highlighting their contributions to the development of the Roman Republic and their lasting influence on Western civilization.

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During the last half of the second century B.C. Rome was undisputed mistress of the civilized western world. As the British historian, Augustus Henry Beesly writes, "a brilliant period of foreign conquest had succeeded the 300 years in which she had overcome her neighbors and made herself supreme in Italy. In 146 B.C. she had given the death-blow to her greatest rival, Carthage, and had annexed Greece." But Rome was on the brink of a one hundred year-long revolution. In this slim volume Beesley, recounts the careers of four of its first dynamic leaders: the idealistic Brothers Gracchi, who attempted land reforms, and the rough, resourceful soldier, Marius, who overhauled the army. The book closes with ruthless, charismatic Sulla who, gaining the allegiance of the Roman legions, in 82 B.C. seized the capitol and after a vengeful purge, tried by reactionary measures to turn back the tide of social change. - Summary by Pamela Nagami

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