Swords Against the Senate: The Rise Of The Roman Army And The Fall Of The Republic
A very readable history of the end of the Roman Republic and the careers of Gaius Marius and is enemy, Sulla. The Roman Constitution was unwritten and thus slowly shredded when it was convenient for politicians to do so. There is a lesson here for us.
The Roman Empire and the Silk Routes: The Ancient World Economy and the Empires of Parthia, Central Asia and Han China by Raoul McLaughlin
An excellent and interesting history. It’s an academic book, so I wouldn’t call it light reading. But though I am well read in history, I was amazed at the number of empires, kingdoms, and warlords between the Chinese and Roman Empires during the period. I learned at lot from it. It is supposed to be a book about economics, but it is more a book about warfare between these entities. The Romans were never able to deal with mounted Steppe warriors armed with bows, especially after the Parthians and their successors obtained steel for scale armor, swords, and arrowheads from the Chinese. Eventually, the Huns undermined the western Roman Empire, leading to its fall. Worth reading.
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