The Storm Before the Storm - Mike Duncan

The Storm Before the Storm

By Mike Duncan

  • Release Date: 2017-10-24
  • Genre: Ancient
Score: 4.5
From 40 Ratings


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.


  • Great and Informative Read

    By BigFan0065
    This book is gripping and provides in an insight into the backdrop of some of the most famous moments of history. Would recommend this to any history buff.
  • Storm Before The Storm

    By toothcatcher
    Excellent. I hope it is not prescient!
  • From Podcast to Book

    The History of Rome podcast is easily the best historical listening I've ever bing-listened to. His insight only grows as the series moves through the deep story of the greatest empire of the western world. To finally be able to read a timeline of intense turmoil that made Rome what is worth the wait.