Accessible World Presents A World View of History by Don Queen

Wednesday, August 18th is the date to mark on your calendar and now is the time to download and start reading “The Assassination of Julius Caesar: A People’s History of Ancient Rome” (DB 57323
by Michael Parenti.
Michael Parenti contends that the Roman Senators did not Kill Caesar because they feared his tyrannical power, but that his land reforms and democratic support of the mob threatened their wealth and position. Parenti describes ancient Rome during the period 100-33 B.C. as a time of growing class disruption and economic disparity when one percent of the population gained control of 99 percent of Rome’s wealth.
He details how the demands for military service and even hired thugs forced small farmers to leave their land which was gobbled up into huge estates worked by slaves enriching aristocrats. He describes how the resulting poor lived in atrocious disease-ridden eight or nine story tenements owned by such slumlords as Cicero .He describes how the Tribunes, Tiberius Gracchus and his younger brother, Gaius were assassinated after trying to impose reforms around 60 B.C.
The author reconstructs this history from the viewpoint of the slaves, Plebs, and poor farmers claiming that past historians such as Gibbon, were aristocrats, gentlemen or belonged to other privileged classes and had written from a biased class viewpoint.
This alternative “bottom-up” interpretation of history should make for an interesting discussion on August 18th.
Michael Parenti received his PhD from Yale University and has taught at many Universities. He has published over 250 articles and 22 books which have been widely translated. In 2007 he was awarded a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from U.S. Representative Barbara Lee. NLS annotation:
DB57323.
The Assassination of Julius Caesar: A People's History of Ancient Rome
Parenti, Michael. Read by Bill Wallace. Reading time 7 hours 16 minutes.
World History
Historian views Julius Caesar's murder by Roman senators on March 15, 44 B.C., as motivated by class warfare, not by a desire to restore republican liberties usurped by a despotic ruler. Posits that the emperor supported economic reforms to benefit the masses and was killed by nobles who resisted giving up power. 2003.
Download The Assassination of Julius Caesar: A People's History of Ancient Rome, DB57323
facilitated by Don Queen, Email: queens@pacbell.net

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