The Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic

Written by:
Mike Duncan
Narrated by:
Mike Duncan

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
October 2017
10 hours 15 minutes
The creator of the award-winning podcast series The History of Rome and Revolutions brings to life the bloody battles, political machinations, and human drama that set the stage for the fall of the Roman Republic.

The Roman Republic was one of the most remarkable achievements in the history of civilization. Beginning as a small city-state in central Italy, Rome gradually expanded into a wider world filled with petty tyrants, barbarian chieftains, and despotic kings. Through the centuries, Rome's model of cooperative and participatory government remained remarkably durable and unmatched in the history of the ancient world.

In 146 BC, Rome finally emerged as the strongest power in the Mediterranean. But the very success of the Republic proved to be its undoing. The republican system was unable to cope with the vast empire Rome now ruled: rising economic inequality disrupted traditional ways of life, endemic social and ethnic prejudice led to clashes over citizenship and voting rights, and rampant corruption and ruthless ambition sparked violent political clashes that cracked the once indestructible foundations of the Republic.

Chronicling the years 146-78 BC, The Storm Before the Storm dives headlong into the first generation to face this treacherous new political environment. Abandoning the ancient principles of their forbearers, men like Marius, Sulla, and the Gracchi brothers set dangerous new precedents that would start the Republic on the road to destruction and provide a stark warning about what can happen to a civilization that has lost its way.
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Mike Duncan is King!

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Enjoyed every second of it!

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John C.

Great book by one of the best podcast hosts. Highly recommend.

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Toma M.

Best narrator you will ever get for an insanely informative book.

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Magnus H.

Excellent book by the great Mike Duncan. I was already a massive fan of his podcasts and this book is just as good. Highly recommended!

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James Y.

Very enjoyable and informative.

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James B.

Quite enjoyable, it filled in a lot of specifics that were never covered in the podcast

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