Lessons from the fall of a great republic. Unworthy politicians, indulgent citizens and inequality did for Rome.

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Lessons from the fall of a great republic. Unworthy politicians, indulgent citizens and inequality did for Rome.

August 14, 2019| Arlaadi Online

Rome’s decline was caused less by gaping wounds than gaping inequality, and by leaders unable or willing to remedy it

Mortal Republic: How Rome Fell into Tyranny. By Edward Watts.Basic Books; 352 pages; $32. To be published in Britain in March; £25.

Shakespeare missed a trick. His version of Julius Caesar’s funeral does, admittedly, have its moments. But he might have done even better had he read his Appian. For while the Bard’s version musters oratorical verve, the historian’s offers a coup de théâtre, complete with the astute use of props, sightlines and stagecraft. Read more at Lessons from the fall of a great republic

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