Blood in the Forum: The Struggle for the Roman Republic

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In Blood in the Forum, Pamela Marin offers a fresh and illuminating perspective on the complexities of the late Republic and the rise of Octavian. The book deals with how Roman politics, the desire for personal glory, and the inadequacies of the Republican system ultimately led to Caesar's dictatorship.
Marin assigns a crucial role to Cato the Younger in the political narrative, which differs from conventional views, but allows for a clearer understanding of the allegiances of the civil war and the assassination of Caesar on the Ides of March 44 BCE. Drawing from the most recent scholarship, this engaging narrative pulls the reader into the ancient Roman world, presenting the tragedy of the Roman Republic in its true light.

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Pamela Marin studied at NYU, Wadham College, Oxford and completed her PhD at University College, Dublin. Previously a Senior Tutor in the Department of Classics at UCD, she lives in Ireland.

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'Ambitious in scope ... [provides] a fresh focal point for examining the late Republic ... The material is clearly and succinctly presented ... clear prose and logical order.' - Bryn Mawr Classical Review

Shortlisted for the Longman/History Today Book of the Year Award 2009

"Blood in the Forum is a worthy addition to the world history shelves."
-James A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review, 2009

"Includes interesting vignettes about what being a Roman meant, aristocratic politics and competition, the role of violence in Roman politics, and so on...Summing Up: Recommended."
-J. de Luce, CHOICE, June 2010

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