Tribunes of the People

Tribunes of the People

The Roman Republic suffered from many of the same ailments in the 130s BC as the United States does today. Rome fell victim to imperial bloat, economic stagnation and cultural enrichment. Then two brothers–Tiberius and Gaius Gracchus–arose to restore her glory. Is The Trumpening a rerun of the same events? Lecture by Gregory Ritter.

The main source for this lecture is Erik Hildinger’s Swords against the Senate, The Rise of the Roman Army and the Fall of the Republic (2002).

For a more direct account, there’s always Plutarch on Tiberius and Gaius.

The British historian mentioned in the podcast is Adrian Goldsworthy, who has written a number of books about Ancient Rome and her wars.

 

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